Published On: Mon, Jun 18th, 2018

Port St. Maarten to launch Regional Human Resource Training Outpost for Logistical Excellence

Port SXM

PORT ST. MAARTEN — Port St. Maarten will be establishing a human resources training outpost in the third quarter of 2018.  Recent stakeholder meetings which included Global Port Training have been a success.

Further discussions will take place with educational authorities to further explore the possibility of recruiting students from the high school system.

The training outpost will lead to the certification of persons working in the logistics field such as heavy equipment operators, stevedoring activities, and other port-container related operations.  The certification will elevate the skill set of persons who are going to be a part of the rebuilding of the country as this process starts to take shape to build the country back better.

In 2016, Port St. Maarten set the ball rolling to establish key partnerships with global organizations such as Global Port Training with the objective of setting up a training Outpost in St. Maarten.  These discussions led to the formalization in Antwerp, Belgium with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

“The development and certification of St. Maarten’s human resources in the logistics sector and providing an opportunity for those seeking a career in this area, will further catapult the country into this field of human resource development making it appealing to actors within the Caribbean Basin, as well within the North and Latin America markets.

“The latest logistics training technology will be used as we develop human resource development and excellence in logistical training that will serve first and foremost the local market followed by the region and beyond.  Education is at the forefront of training the local market building a stronger and better workforce to meet the demands of the future,” Port St. Maarten Management said on Monday.

Global Port Training offers customized solutions – each project is unique, developed and based on the customer’s expectations. The solutions both align with the company’s as well as the target group’s objectives.  The company is specialized in launching new maritime activities and /or companies.

Global Port Training delivers a full ‘concept’, which clearly links the theoretical part of the training to the practical part; is very adaptable, mobile and flexible; and combines training and knowledge of Port related aspects offering training modules such as communication of safety issues, all aspects within stevedoring/dockers know how’s, crane certification training, train the trainer courses and as well as the maintenance of the equipment.

The trainings also have an added-value as, for example with the maintenance of equipment’s the machines will remain in good operational condition for longer as well as last longer; there will be no unnecessary delays due to breakdowns; and operating hours will be maximized.

Global Port Training customers include companies, institutions and governments all around the world.

The training Outpost Facility will be a key component to Port St. Maarten’s operational excellence platform ensuring quality and certified port operations across the board via establishing various audit models for continued improvement and success of Port St. Maarten cargo division and will also be used as a catalyst to use St. Maarten as a centralized training hub on a regional and international level.

The partnership between Port St. Maarten and Global Port Training started back in 2009 with the certification training of the port’s first crane operators when the crane company was formally established. Due to the successful relationship that has been developed, Global Port Training and Port St. Maarten have been exploring opportunities in enhancing their working relationship.