In an ambitious move, the Government of Jamaica has put forwarded the plan for developing the island into a global shipping centre, said the statement and there were the round table decision regarding the same topic with specialist and consultants. The main objective of the said project is to develop and operate the country's maritime cluster on a sustainable basis.
Jamaica was a maritime state by virtue of its history, international trade links, geographical position in the hemisphere and dependency on the sea, said Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority. The authorities also reconfirmed the strong demand for developing modern maritime facilities because of Jamaica’s geographical importance and strategic advantages as it is close to US and will increases transshipment traffic through the Caribbean. Jamaica enjoys comparative labour cost advantages, and already has in place the basis for the development of a viable maritime cluster, said Brady.