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Caribbean Ports Prepare Management for Changes in Industry

Kingston, JAMAICA - The Certified Port Executive™ Program welcomed nine new graduates who joined theprogram recently at Kingston Wharves, the first time the program has been held in Jamaica. The new graduatesjoin a growing alumni of over 500 port, terminal operator, transportation, coast guard and military personnel whohave participated in the program since its creation in 2010. To-date, over 80 Port Authorities and 55 Terminal Operators have participated in the program.

"The industry is going through some profound changes globally such as automation, big ships, formation of shippingalliances and greater attention to environmental concerns", said company president Ralston MacDonnell, "Caribbean Ports are readying their managers for these changes by investing in specialized training such as theCertified Port Executive Program". Cecil Maragh, a course participant and Operations Manager at Kingston

Wharves observed that "CPE training is a must for any potential Terminal/Operations Manager".

The Certified Port Executive™ Program is a five-day professional education course focused on the operations of ports, vessels, marine terminals and the related transportation system. The program, a distinctive new learning pathway for professionals in the port world, gives participants tools and knowledge to make their organizations more effective, and has drawn the attention of a broad cross-section of executives. Course topics include an overview ofthe worldwide intermodal transportation system; port and terminal operations; cargo management; safety andsecurity; emergency planning and response; public and media relations; environmental management; and strategic, master, and business planning. The program also includes continuous learning elements via on-line programs andsemi annual learning conferences.

The Kingston, Jamaica course was delivered by Mr. Paul Zimmerman, a respected industry professional with over25 years of senior management experience in the Seaport Industry and who was formerly the Director of Operationsfor the Port of New Orleans, an intermodal deep draft port with all cargo and passenger types. He has been responsible for the administration, planning and management of all the ports operational facilities.

Newest members of the Certified Port Executive™ program are (left to right): Rommel Edward, Cecil Maragh,

Joseph Rogers, Valerie Campbell, Mark Williams, Clover Moodie, Roland Hodge, Marcelo Richards, Simone Murdock

About MacDonnell Group

MacDonnell has been providing engineering and management consulting services to its clients for over 50 years.

The company has developed broad interests in port management and seaport security training, offering MARAD and Transport Canada approved, instructor-led and web-based training solutions for the more than 4 million port workers in North America. In addition to the CPE Certified Port Executive Program™, MacDonnell provides the

PORTSTAR™ offers web-based Seaport Security Training System to numerous United States ports, terminal operators and security organizations. MacDonnell also hosts the biannual PORTCON Seaport conferences. The next PORTCON conference will be held in LA-Long-Beach, CA on Nov 27-29th at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

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