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About the Project



The idea of this project came out in 1999 during the Third Special  Transportation Committee (STC) meeting of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), as a result of Pedro Suárez Reyes proposal, on behalf of the Cuban Delegation, to endorse a resolution approved during the ACS Ministries Meeting which encourages to “Unit the  Caribbean Region by Air and Sea”.

After multiple presentations and formulations of its technical profile, the Greater Caribbean Project was approved in the XIV STC Meeting, held in Havana, Cuba in September, 2006. It has to be outline that the representatives established to carry out the project with a multinational team on the basis of horizontal technical cooperation which, in turn, produced savings in expensive consultant fees.  The agencies designated by the STC were the Central American Commission of Maritime Transport (COCATRAM), Cuba Ministry of Transport (MITRANS) and the Panama Maritime Authority. (AMP).

In January 2007, the Republic of Korea, through its Ambassador in Caracas, Venezuela granted funds by US$ 35,000.00 for the execution of the first phase of the project, which as a fundamental result revealed the existence of 167 maritime services, distributed in 55 shipping lines and attended by 614 vessels in 37 countries and 71 ports of the greater Caribbean, with a capacity of 1,357,992 TEUS; of which 149,649 are reefer.

The compiled information was deployed online through a system developed for consultation via the internet. In September 2009 as part of the 18th meeting of the CET, held in port Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, presented the results achieved in the first stage, which exceeded the expectations of those present who stressed the value of the tool developed, the executing team's performance and the impact it has on the unification of the countries of the Greater Caribbean.

Later as a result of the management of the Mr. Luis Fernando Andrade Secretary General of ACS, was achieved to obtain a donation of US$ 35,000.00, facilitated by the Government of the Republic of Turkey for the implementation of the second phase of the project in August 2010.


General objective:
Design and create an updated map of the main maritime routes in the Greater Caribbean which will allow exporters, importers, vendors and buyers,  foreign or regional either to know  when, how, with who and under which conditions they can trade their merchandises.
Specific objectives:
·  To increase Intraregional maritime trade and provide information of connections for the transportation of goods.
·  To determine if there are zones within the Caribbean region without maritime services.
·  To determine if the transportation conditions of current services lines satisfy our expectations of maritime transportation.


The project approaches the real status of the Caribbean region maritime services and will lay the way to reflect on the need to create new lanes under other possible conditions of transportation.

Pedro Suarez Reyes: Author and Coordinator of the project, graduated as Marine Transport Engineer in 1981, in the Institute for Engineers of the Marine Fleet of Odessa City, Ex- Soviet Union; professional of great marine experience, has worked as a Marine Commercial Specialist in shipping companies, Commercial Director and on Board Representative of the Shipbuilder in great operations of international tow.
He is Post graduated in Production Management, Commercial Management, Marketing and Public Relations, amongst others. He is now a civil servant for the International Relations Office of Cuba Ministry of Transport and President of the Special Transport  Committee of the Caribbean States Association. Phone: (537) 883-1779. Email: peter.dri@mitrans.co.cu

Jose Dopeso: Graduated in Business Administration with a major in Production Management at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1981.   Post graduated in International Trade in 2004; Master in Strategic Management and Logistics in 2005 in the Latin American University of Foreign Trade .  Worked as Project Analyst in the Marine Sector Planning and Development Direction and General Secretary Assistant at AMP. He is now Maritime and Ports Affairs Director of the Central American Commission of Maritime Transport. Phone: (505) 2222-2754. Email: jdopeso@cocatram.org.ni

Flor Melina Pitty: Graduated in Master of Science of Navigation and Transport, at the Faculty of Science of Navigation and Transport Taiwan Ocean University in 2008. Graduated Degree in Maritime Business Administration at the Faculty of Business Administration and Accounting in Panama Uniersity in 2005. She is a member of the Volunteer Corps of Ancon (National Association for the Nature Conservation) and was Vice President of the International Students Association of Taiwan Ocean University in 2010. Since 2002 she has held positions as a technical assistant in the Department of Marine Technical Consultants ans Surveys Croporations (Macosnar) and the Naval Classification Bureau. In 2009 was executive assistant to the Sub General Director of Ports of Panama Maritime Authority, currently is Chief of Port Operations Department of the Panama Maritime Authority. Phone: (507) 501 5150.  Email: fpitty@amp.gob.pa