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SAJ president prioritises Newport West renewal, Data Protection Act compliance

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2024 | 12:05 AM
President of the Shipping Association of Jamica, Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester addresses invitees to the association’s Members’ Mingle on Friday, April 26.
President of the Shipping Association of Jamica, Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester addresses invitees to the association’s Members’ Mingle on Friday, April 26.
President of the Shipping Association of Jamaica Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester (left) hosted a Members’ Mingle as part of the association’s 85th anniversary celebrations.
President of the Shipping Association of Jamaica Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester (left) hosted a Members’ Mingle as part of the association’s 85th anniversary celebrations.
 Denise Lyn-Fatt, former president and managing committee member of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ), in conversation with SAJ CEO, Trevor Riley, at last Friday’s Members’ Mingle.
Denise Lyn-Fatt, former president and managing committee member of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ), in conversation with SAJ CEO, Trevor Riley, at last Friday’s Members’ Mingle.
 It was all smiles at the Shipping Association of Jamaica’s (SAJ) Members’ Mingle last Friday, April 26. From left: Trevor Riley, SAJ CEO; Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester, SAJ president; Clive Coke, immediate past president of the Customs Brokers & Freig
It was all smiles at the Shipping Association of Jamaica’s (SAJ) Members’ Mingle last Friday, April 26. From left: Trevor Riley, SAJ CEO; Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester, SAJ president; Clive Coke, immediate past president of the Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica (CBFFAJ); Marcia Bent, CBFFAJ president; and Andre Rochester, SAJ vice president.
It was all smiles at the Shipping Association of Jamaica’s (SAJ) Members’ Mingle last Friday April 26. From left: Valrie Campbell, general manager of group operations, Kingston Wharves Limited; Marcia Bent, president of the Customs Brokers and Freight
It was all smiles at the Shipping Association of Jamaica’s (SAJ) Members’ Mingle last Friday April 26. From left: Valrie Campbell, general manager of group operations, Kingston Wharves Limited; Marcia Bent, president of the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Jamaica (CBFFAJ); and CBFFAJ immediate past president Clive Coke.
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EFFORTS TO improve the Newport West shipping community and ensuring the compliance of members to the Data Protection Act are high on the agenda for president of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ), Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester.

Robertson-Sylvester, speaking at the SAJ’s 85th anniversary Members’ Mingle on Friday, April 26, noted that work is already under way to re-engage private and public stakeholders to address long-standing issues in the critical commercial district, which has been plagued by deplorable road conditions, illicit vending, illegal parking, and poor drainage.

In her remarks, Robertson-Sylvester expressed gratitude to the members, acknowledging their important role in the association’s journey. She said, “When reflecting on the past 85 years, it’s evident that our combined efforts have taken us to this historic occasion.”

Highlighting the SAJ’s role in Jamaica’s economic landscape, she emphasised its contribution to the development of modern labour relations practices. “The growth and expansion that have occurred in the shipping industry and in the economy generally can be attributed, in large measure, to the learnings that were fostered among both employers and employees on the ports, led by the efforts of the SAJ,” she stated.

Robertson-Sylvester also outlined key achievements that have shaped the SAJ’s history, including landmark labour agreements and advancements in port operations technology. These milestones, she said, have laid the foundation for a modern and competitive shipping industry in Jamaica.

Additionally, she drew attention to the importance of the Data Protection Act, urging members to take the necessary steps to ensure full compliance. “Compliance is essential for protecting privacy and security,” she said, highlighting the SAJ’s expanded services which assist members with its implementation and oversight.

In closing, the president expressed gratitude to members for their support and dedication to the SAJ’s mission.