The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), through the Division of Maritime Affairs, recognized World Maritime Day, on September 29th, under the theme – “New Technologies for Greener Shipping”.
According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) more than 80% of global trade continues to be transported by shipping, including essential commodities like food, medicine, and other necessities.
To commemorate World Maritime Day, SLASPA’s Division of Maritime Affairs hosted a national maritime webinar on September 28, 2022.
Leading the discussion was a panel of Maritime experts from a cross-section of the industry, including Director of Maritime Affairs – Christopher Alexander, Maritime Consultant- Cuthbert Didier, and Deputy Director and Technical Head of the Maritime Technology Cooperation Center Captain Sukhjit Singh.
The discussion endeavored to emphasize the impact and relevance of the blue economy outlining regional projects and initiatives geared toward greener shipping. Director of Maritime Affairs – Christopher Alexander spoke to Saint Lucia’s strides to meet the IMO’s legal standards and requirements for greener shipping. Captain Sukhjit Singh says that “it sensitizes all involved on the need for more collaborations between agencies and administrations.”
According to Maritime Consultant Cuthbert Didier, “ We need to have a thrust that can push a paradigm shift, that encourages young people studying key areas involving technology whether its analytic data, fuel, renewable energies and so on.”