Cayman Maritime 2017 to Shine Spotlight
on Cayman’s Role as the Caribbean’s leading
International Maritime Centre
th Cayman Islands shipping summit strengthens local coalition working to raise
Cayman’s maritime profile
28th February 2017
28th February, George Town, Grand Cayman - The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, in
collaboration with a steering committee from the private sector, including Cayman Maritime
Services Park and law firm Maples, is gearing up for Cayman Maritime 2017. This conference
brings together a wide range of organizations and companies in the shipping and yachting
industries to the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on May 1-2, 2017.
The local committee is proactively promoting Cayman to raise its profile as a prime maritime
business hub, with the added competitive benefit of Cayman Maritime Service Park, part
Cayman’s Special Economic Zone, which makes it efficient and cost-effective for maritime
companies to set up a physical presence in Cayman.
"Cayman Maritime 2017 provides an opportunity for our maritime sector and indeed the whole
jurisdiction to showcase the array of top quality services that Cayman offers," said Mr. Joel
Walton, CEO of the Cayman Registry.
Cayman has a well-respected shipping registry with an outstanding reputation, a maritime
services park where shipping and maritime companies can set up a tax-neutral physical
presence, and excellent maritime legal and corporate service providers. The 2-day conference
comes on the heels of last year’s highly-successful Cayman Maritime Week, which drew
attendees from around the world and gave Cayman a chance to demonstrate its many
competencies as an international maritime centre.
The Committee has invited several leading industry organizations to provide program content,
so the conference will be insightful and engaging, with dynamic keynote speakers and provide
interesting, thought-provoking interactive discussion panels.
Cayman Maritime 2017 opens Monday May 1 with Mare Forum presenting the Cayman Islands
th Shipping Summit. The day will be packed with industry expert speakers, interesting sessions
and panel discussions, and will be the perfect venue for sharing knowledge and exchanging
ideas. Agenda topics include shipping trends, yachting business, maritime tourism
infrastructure, the environment and “Doing business in the Cayman Islands.” There will be a
dinner for delegates, speakers and dignitaries that evening, providing an opportunity for further
networking and socializing with like-minded industry professionals.
On Tuesday May 2 the conference will hear from the Women’s International Shipping and Trade
Association Cayman Islands(WISTA Cayman), North American Marine Environment Protection
(NAMEPA) and Women in Maritime Caribbean, Cayman Islands (WiMAC Cayman) on marine
pollution and marine environment protection in the Caribbean. WISTA Cayman's immediate
past president country liaison for WiMAC in the Cayman Islands and partner at the law firm,
Maples and Calder, Sherice Arman is a presenter and active member of the Cayman Maritime
committee. She indicated that the seminar will focus on the lack of sufficient marine pollution
legislation and mechanisms in place in the Caribbean region to deal with the discharge of waste
or emergencies such as accidents, oil spills, collisions, coral damage and ship groundings.
“We want to bring this to the attention of law makers and stakeholders in the region because it’s
important to put legislation into place to respond to these emergencies and attribute
responsibility where necessary,” she said.
Ms. Arman says that through events like these the women in the industry can lend support to
other groups who have been working for years to bring these issues to the fore.
Mrs. Doris Jackson, the current president of WISTA Cayman and Manager, Events & Special
Projects at the Cayman Registry, added that events like these are ideal for raising awareness of
increasing opportunities for women in the international shipping industry.
“It’s about getting the message out and empowering women, letting them know that
opportunities are out there for them in our industry” she said.
The steering committee has decided to host the larger Cayman Maritime Week on a
bi-annual basis, and continue hosting a regional summit every second year.
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