The Division of Maritime Affairs, as part of its objectives to sensitize stakeholders and partners of the ever-changing landscape to Maritime Laws and local legislation, facilitated a dynamic workshop under the theme; International Maritime Law and National Legislation.
The workshop facilitated by Director of Maritime Affairs, Christopher Alexander was tailored to enlighten 20 Customs Officers of their obligations and powers as prescribed by Saint Lucia's National Laws and International instruments. It also endeavoured to further enhance collaborative efforts with the Customs and Excise Department; building on the existing partnership.
The five key areas addressed included:
- Saint Lucia Shipping Act
- Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) Act
- International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) requirements
- Maritime Areas Act
- Small Craft Regulations
The maritime sector has played and continues to play a significant role in global trade, more so during these unprecedented times. The sector’s ability to ensure that shipping services continue undisrupted to transport essentials such as; food and medical supplies is testament of the significance of the industry and its stakeholders.