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Port authority strengthens position to become regional shipping hub

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Antigua and Barbuda is moving forward with its quest to become a regional hub for shipping in the Eastern Caribbean.

The latest move in this direction came last week when the port’s Chief Executive Officer, Darwin Telemaque, visited with his counterparts at the Jacksonville Port Authority in Florida.

Telemaque said the visit was necessary to establish an important relationship that will help the port authority to realise its goal.

“Of interest is the Jaxport desire to expand its port operations into the Caribbean Basin. Antigua and Barbuda has been chosen due to the major development works just concluded at the port authority. This, coupled with an aggressive approach to expand the service offerings at the port are creating opportunities for the ABPA,” Telemaque said.

He disclosed that the ABPA is promoting its new facilities to the wider shipping, transport, port and logistics community with the aim of creating a sub-regional maritime hub within the OECS and eastern Caribbean.

A reciprocal visit is planned for Antigua and Barbuda on the 16th January, 2023.

Members of the board and the executive team of the Jacksonville Port Authority will visit St. John’s along with industry stakeholders from the port community.

Among them will be members of the Florida Trade Commission, terminal operators, commodity suppliers, shipping lines and stevedoring companies.

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