World Maritime Day 2018


About World Maritime Day 2018

In 2018, IMO will celebrate 70 years since the Convention establishing the Organization was adopted.

The World Maritime Day theme for the year is “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future”.

This provides the opportunity to take stock and look back, but also to look forward, addressing current and future challenges for maritime transport to maintain a continued and strengthened contribution towards sustainable growth for all.


A series of activities and events are planned to mark the 70 years since the Convention establishing IMO was adopted in March 1948. They will also look ahead, to the future.

Events will include (further details will be made available in due course):

March 2018 – a ceremony to mark the date when the IMO Convention was adopted will be held at IMO Headquarters.

15 May 2018 – a high level forum will be held at IMO Headquarters to discuss the Organization’s history, its future challenges and role within the global trade in a changing world.

25 June 2018 – the annual Day of the Seafarer.

Late September 2018 – World Maritime Day celebrated at IMO Headquarters and around the world.

During 2018 – in conjunction with the International Congress of Maritime Museums a travelling exhibition will tour participating maritime museums.

During 2018 – a photography contest will be held.

Member Governments and international organizations are encouraged to organize events throughout the year to celebrate #IMO70 .

Parallel event 2018

The World Maritime Day parallel event will be hosted by the Government of the Republic of Poland in June 2018.


Grenada Port Authority shares how to build destination appeal

Grenada’s cruise numbers have been rising for the past few years. Passenger arrivals shot up 19.3% from 2014 to hit 280,518 people in 2015, then surged by 12.3% to reach 314,913 in 2016. Expected capacity for the 2017-2018 season show that the Caribbean island expects to welcome 388,114 passengers and 229 cruise ship calls – a respective 23.2% and 4.6% increase.

According to Carlyle Felix, general manager of the Grenada Port Authority (GPA), there will be several highlights in the 2017-2018 cruise season. First of all, it’s his understanding that Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Pride will make four new calls in 2018, while Pullmantur and Seabourn Cruise Line will also make inaugural visits. Silversea Cruises will be another of the global luxury cruise brands calling at Grenada.

Many of the cruise ships calling in Grenada will berth at the modern Melville Street Cruise Terminal, which was completed in 2005 at a cost of US$42 million.

“The project involved reclaiming 10 acres of land, constructing a 375-metre jetty and developing a welcome centre and a duty-free shopping mall,” says Felix. “The jetty’s north and south berths have a depth of 9.8 metres and 10.5 metres respectively. Meanwhile, the terminal is equipped to simultaneously handle either two mega ships and one medium-sized ship, or four small cruise ships. The Port of St. George’s, which is the main berth for commercial vessels, was refurbished in 2000 and has a 335-metre berth with a depth of 9.1 metres.”

Cruise guests can board local tour vehicles for their shore excursions directly from the pier, or pass through the terminal to make the most of the shopping opportunities.

“The GPA works very closely with all tour operators, taxi companies, the Grenada Tourism Authority and the Royal Grenada Police Force to review cruise call schedules, peak traffic times and road conditions to ensure that traffic flows smoothly into and out of the Melville Street Cruise Terminal,” says Felix.

In future, Grenada aims to significantly boost annual cruise numbers and become a year-round, rather than a seasonal, cruise port.

“We’ve increased our marketing spend for 2017 and we’ll continue to network with cruise decision makers and the travel trade, using traditional print mediums, digital communications and social media platforms to improve how we promote the Pure Grenada brand,” comments Felix. “The GPA strongly endorses the idea of Grenada becoming a year-round cruise port, so we’re currently putting together an incentive package for consideration by the board of directors.”


New Tyrell-Bay Port To Enhance Service Delivery

Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell has moved speedily to deliver on one of his 2017 budget promises having turned the sod for a modern, state of the art passenger and cargo port facility at Tyrell Bay.

This development brings to and end the traditional fact of the island’s main port being situated at Hillsborough and it is said will represent a significant upgrade in operation and a greater safety to its general users.

Last week Thursday both the prime minister and Minister for Carriacou and Petite Martinique Affairs, Hon. Elvin Nimrod simultaneously performed the symbolic gesture to much applause from ahigh-powered delegation from Government and the Grenada Ports Authority.

The China based, Gensu Engineering and Construction Company will construct the facility, which is located adjacent to the Tyrell Bay Marina,at a cost of M$ 3.4 funded locally.  With preparatory work already commenced, the project is scheduled to be completed in November of this year.

Dr Mitchell said that the project would be equipped with all of the amenities required for a professional and first class operation. He pointed out that such a project would see the enhancing of business activities to the sister isles and country in general.

He said the decision was taken in order to enhance the future development of the country.

“We are heading in the right direction”, said Dr Mitchell.

He told the crowd that the new port facility is coming following several enormous challenges,which were encountered by the developers of the Tyrell Bay Marina  (under the previous administration) who first developed the area where the port would be constructed.

Minister Nimrod coined the ceremony as a proud and significant moment in the advancement of the sister isles.

He said that the move is relevant following the wear and tear of the Hillsborough jetty, which now poses a danger to human lives.

Against this he said, following a series of consultations and studies, Tyrell Bay was identified as the most suitable location for the island’s new port.

“Tyrell Bay has large capacity for development in keeping with a relevant society,space to expand, doesn’t have sea swells (except in 1999 with the hurricane Lennie storm surge).“It is more sheltered,” said the minister.

He said the project must be seen as a holistic way of developing the entire island and spoke of several regional and international investors who have already indicated an interest in keeping Hillsborough abuzz with economic activities.

“Hillsborough would remain a very viable and significant area in Carriacou and as a matter of fact all of the main institutions like the police station, banks, etc are there”, said the minister.

General Manager of the Grenada Ports Authority, Carlyle Felix said that that the new facility would replace Hillsborough as the main port of entry and spoke of some of the benefits to be derived from the change.

He said that by moving to Tyrell Bay they are directly addressing the numerous safety concerns expressed about the Hillsborough port.

“Some of the benefits you can expect are a modern state of the art facility, improvement in warehouse space, a significant improvement in services to port users, reduction in cargo dwell time and the improvement in vessel turn around time”, said the port manager.

Chairman of the port’s Board of Directors, Dr Wayne Sandiford, said that the project began in 2010 and he is happy to see that they have arrived at such an important juncture.

In praising the prime minister and his administration along with the proprietors of the Tyrell Bay Marina Jerome McQuilkin and John Walker (both were present), he said that they all collectively worked with a similar goal towards the enhancement and delivery of services to the people of the sister isles.

He said that the Memorandum of Understanding with the Tyrell Bay Marina developers has already allowed them to inherit some 784 feet of berthing space, which he says is already significantly more than what currently stands in Hillsborough.

“This is the Grenada Ports of Authority’s flagship project for 2017”, said Dr Sandiford.

Also in attendance were Senator Norland Cox, Manager of the Port,Mr Ian Evans and members of Gensu Construction Company.tyrellbay



The Ports Authority held its 4th Annual International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code Awareness Training for Port Users on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd May, 2014, at the National Stadium. The training was designed to provide persons, in particular, port users, who interface with activities at the ports (cargo/cruise) with basic information in respect of the security at port facilities and the requirements of the ISPS Code.

A total of 41 persons attended the training. Participants included tour guides, taxi operators, water taxis operators and cargo brokers, among other persons. Certificates of participation will be issued to all participants.

The training was facilitated by the National Port Facility Security Officer, Mr. Don McKenzie, Sgt. Francis James, Sgt. Allan Mitchell and Mr. Lazarus Joseph, Senior Pilot.

Date:26th May, 2014

What is the ISPS Code?

The International Ship and Port Facility Security System (ISPS) Code, considers all the security aspects of ship repair, docking and other related services. Prevention of illegal acts against Grenada Ports Authority premises, workforce, customers, visitors and port facilities in compliance with all rules and regulations of Grenada, ISPS, SOLAS and other appropriate international standards are of paramount importance to us.

Serving the nation for 30 plus years

With more than a quarter of a century of service to the nation behind it, The Grenada Ports Authority (GPA) is today better equipped than ever to play a major role in the economy of the nation.

​Recent initiatives and investments by the GPA have been designed to boost Grenada’s potential for cargo handling, the cruise sector and tourism. All of these bring direct benefits to the economy and people of the island.

​The GPA played a crucial role in the island’s recovery after Hurricane Ivan in 2004, handling most of the incoming relief and construction supplies. The authority was also instrumental in restoring the cruise industry just two months later and providing a valuable injection of cash into the economy as the nation struggled to cope with the aftermath of the hurricane.


The Grenada Ports authority is principally responsible for the administration and operation of the port of St. George’s. It also has jurisdiction over Prickly Bay, St. David’s Harbour and Grenville, on the main island of Grenada, as well Tyrrel Bay and Hillsborough, on the neighbouring island of Carriacou.

​The GPA is a statutory organization controlled by the Minister of Finance, who appoints the chairman and board of directors. Its main functions are:

  • To administer and operate Grenada’s seaports
  • To regulate and control navigation
  • To maintain, improve and regulate the ports and their services
  • To provide pilotage services and navigational aids for the ports and approaches
  • To administer the provisions of the Shipping Act
  • To act as a focal point for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the IOPC Funds
  • To administer the provisions of the Yachting Act.


Since 2000 the GPA has had jurisdiction over all 200 stevedores working in the port. The GPA provides a range of services including:

  • Berthing
  • receipt, storage and delivery of cargo
  • Cargo sorting
  • Chart sales
  • Container rentals
  • Delivery of containers to consignees’ premises
  • Hire of cargo handling equipment
  • Mooring bouys
  • Mooring or running lines
  • Pilotage
  • Stuffing and stripping
  • Sales of fresh water