BARBADOS PORT INC
BEST-IN-CLASS Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to David Jean-Marie, CEO of Barbados Port Inc., about a fifty-year history of bringing prosperity and visitors to Barbados.
TODAY, EMPLOYEES OF BARBADOS PORT INC. HANDLE A MILLION TONS OF GOODS AND EXTEND THEIR HOSPITALITY TO MORE THAN 700,000 CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS EVERY YEAR.
The global economic downturn of 2008 wasnâ€™t good for the Caribbean. If high energy and food prices werenâ€™t enough, trade and tourism also took big hits. The Port of Bridgetown, main port of entry for 90% of the goods coming into Barbados and the only berth on the island for cruise vessels, was on the front line of the global decline. Business slowed, with fewer cruise ships arriving and less cargo to haul. Where another company might have seen only challenges, Barbados Port Inc., 2 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
the managers of the fifty-year old port, saw an opportunity to modernize and expand. In 2011, they took advantage of the downtime to install a new electronic trade logistics system for cargo, and in 2015 another pier was built, as well as ancillary facilities for the cruise ships. Next came an equipment upgrade, and special training for employees. Now, business is surging again, and Bridgetown Port is more prosperous and efficient than ever. Barbados welcomed more visitors in January 2016 than any Jan-
uary in the previous fifteen years. Today, employees of Barbados Port Inc. handle a million tons of goods and extend their hospitality to more than 700,000 cruise ship passengers every year. TOURIST DESTINATION Bridgetown Port has the capacity to accommodate five mega cruise ships at a time, and the air-conditioned terminal has a duty-free shopping mall with local and international goods for sale, performances