The Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors, known as the Managing Committee (MC) which is the association’s highest decision-making body and is elected at the Annual General Meeting. The Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Immediate Past President and eight (8) members of the SAJ as well as the Association’s Group CEO.
The MC sets the policy by which the association functions, and has the responsibility and authority over the direction and control of the affairs of the SAJ, including the approval of applications for membership.
The Committee meets monthly to carry out its corporate governance role and to discuss the affairs of the Association.
Kim Clarke was elected President of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) in 2012. Prior to becoming President, he served the SAJ in capacity of Vice President from 2009 – 2012. Mr. Clarke is a second- generation member of the shipping industry. His father, Hylton Clarke, was part-owner of the Maritime Transport Group of Companies. In 2002, he became a member of the SAJ’s Managing Committee making him and his father the first father-son team to sit on the Committee simultaneously.
Mr. Clarke’s work experience in the shipping industry began in 1990 at Kirk Line Inc. in Miami where he was a Documentation Clerk. He quickly moved up the ranks a year later to Documentation Manager. Returning to Jamaica in 1991, he became Director of Maritime and Transport Group of Companies. He now serves as Managing Director of this group of companies. The Group consists of Maritime and Transport Services Limited., Maritime Towing Company Limited., Maritime General Insurance Brokers Limited., A. E. Parnell and company Limited, Parnell Investment Limited and Seaport Equipment Limited.
He is also a director of Kingston Wharves Limited, Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited and R.S. Gamble Limited, Arnold L. Malabre & Company Limited, SAJ Properties Limited and is Managing Director of Boat Services Ltd.
Mr. Clarke is a graduate of the University of Miami.
Denise Lyn Fatt
Denise Lyn Fatt is the first female Vice President of the Shipping Association of Jamaica. Before being elected to the role of VP, she served as chairman of the Agents’ Committee of the SAJ and has been a member of the SAJ’s Managing Committee since 2009. She has been an active member of the SAJ’s Agents’ Committee since 1976.
Mrs. Lyn Fatt is the Managing Director of Freight Handlers Limited, a company she started with her husband in 1988. Prior to starting her own company, she served at a management level in shipping and other sectors: Managing Director for Ocean Air International Limited; Senior Supply Assistant for the United Nations Children’s Fund; and Traffic Manager for InterFreight Agencies Limited.
She also serves the shipping industry as a Director of the board of the Caribbean Maritime Institute.An Ex-Officio President of the St. Hugh’s High School Past Students Association, Mrs. Lyn Fatt is a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History. She is also a graduate of the Norwegian Shipping Academy with a Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Shipping.
Roger Hinds is the immediate past president of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ). He served as president of the SAJ from 2009 to 2012. Prior to becoming president, he served the SAJ as a member of its Managing Committee and as Vice President from 2006 to 2008.
A native of Barbados and a graduate of the University of the West Indies. Mr. Hinds has been working in Jamaica’s maritime sector since 1982. He is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Transocean Shipping Limited and the Founder and Chairman of Transport Logistics Limited and Marine Haulage Service Limited.
He serves on the Board of Directors of, and is Company Secretary for, the Kingston Wharves Group. He is the Chairman of ADVANTUM, and serves on the board of Assessment Recoveries Limited.
Michael George Bernard
Michael George Bernard was president of the SAJ from 2006 – 2008. He has been a member of the Managing Committee since 1995. Mr. Bernard served the Association as Vice President from 2003 to 2005 with responsibility for industrial relations.
He is the Managing Director of Shipping Services Stevedoring Limited and serves on several boards within the shipping industry including, Jamaica Freight & Shipping Co. Ltd, National Quarantine Commission (Deputy Chairman 2013), and the Caribbean Maritime Institute. He is a member of the Port Awards Committee of the Caribbean Shipping Association. Mr. Bernard also serves as a Director of Advantum, Kingston Port Workers Pension Fund Trustee, and is 1st Vice President of the Jamaica Employers Federation.
Educated at Kingston College and the University of the West Indies Mr. Bernard was inducted as a Gold Member of the International Association of Business Leaders. He is a past president of the Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains.
Grantley Stephenson, C.D., J.P.
A past president of the SAJ, Grantley Stephenson is the Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Wharves Limited. He is also the Immediate Past President of the Caribbean Shipping Association.
He has over 30 years’ experience in the shipping industry, spanning Mexico, the U.K. and Jamaica. He was educated in Jamaica at the College of Arts, Science and Technology (now UTECH), the University of the West Indies (UWI), and the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom.He holds a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA) from the UWI and is a Fellow of the Jamaica Institute of Management.
He has served as Honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Norway since 1998 and Dean of the Consular Corps of Jamaica. He was conferred with the Order of Distinction, Commander Class in 2007.
Mr. Stephenson is a director of Security Administrators Limited, Harbour Cold Stores Limited, SAJ Property Limited, ADVANTUM, Ports Management & Security Limited and Assessment Recoveries Limited.
Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester
Mrs. Robertson-Sylvester is the Chief Executive Officer of Seaboard Jamaica, a subsidiary of Seaboard Marine Ltd, Miami. In 2003 she became the first female President of The Caribbean Shipping Association.She has been a member of the Managing Committee of the SAJ since 2005 and is a Director of Jamaica Freight and Shipping Limited.
Successfully climbing the ranks in the shipping industry, she started as a Line Manager, then moved on to Sales and Marketing Manager at Kirk Line and then Project Manager for Coastal Shipping/Interseas. She was Director of Sales and Marketing at Jamaica Freight and Shipping where she managed sales and advertising for the lines represented including Seaboard Marine, Jamaica Producers Shipping Company, Kent Line, Ivaran Shipping and Mitsui.
A past student of Campion College and the University of the West Indies, she furthered her education at the Norwegian Shipping Academy and the UNCTAD – Trainmar Instructor’s Workshop.
Captain Diedrich Suendermann
Captain Diedrich Suendermann is Operations and Logistics Manager, Central America and Caribbean District for ZIM American Integrated Shipping Services Co. LLC in Miami, Florida. He previously served in Jamaica as General Manager of Carib Star Shipping Limited, agents for Zim Integrated Shipping Line.
A native of Germany, Captain Suendermann travelled the world on container vessels for 23 years. During his last seven years at sea, he served as a Master/Captain.
He has held several management roles in the shipping industry having served as Operations Manager and later Director of Regional Operations for CMA CGM (Caribbean), Operations Manager at the Long Beach Container Terminal. He also served as Port Captain and Assistant General Manager, U.S West Coast Operations for DSR-Senator Lines.
He is a graduate of the “HochschulefuerNautik” (maritime Academy) in Bremen, Germany.
William A. Brown
William A. Brown is the Managing Director of the Lannaman & Morris Shipping (Shipping) Group of Companies.
He is a Public Practising Accountant and a fellow of the Association of Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica (ICAJ). He is also a Certified International Trade Professional under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) International Trade Tribunal.
Mr. Brown also serves the industry on the Managing Committee of the shipping Association of Jamaica, the General Council of the Caribbean Shipping Association, the Board of Directors SAJ Property Company Limited, Assessment Recoveries Limited, Maritime Authority of Jamaica and is a Trustee of Metro Investment Pension Plan.
He is a graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Andre A. Rochester
Andre Rochester is the Freight Manager at Maritime and Transport Services Limited and is one of the most recently elected members of the SAJ’S Managing Committee. Mr. Rochester serves as the Chairman of the SAJ’s Agents Committee and a trustee of the Maritime Group Pension Fund.
He started his career in shipping in 1982 in a clerical capacity with Terminal Services Limited, a division of Grace Kennedy which operated a fleet of trucks/drivers and a cadre of stevedores on the terminal. After briefly leaving the sector to join the Insurance and Real Estate industries, Mr. Rochester officially signalled his return to the shipping industry by opting to take up a supervisory position at Maersk Jamaica in 1993.
He then served in a supervisory capacity at Transocean before moving on to Maritime and Transport Services, in a similar capacity, ultimately ascending to the position he holds today.
Olivier Tretout is the Chief Executive Officer of Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited, which is the concessionaire of the Kingston Container Terminal. An engineer by profession, he studied at the distinguished Ecole Nationale des Travaux Publics de l’Etat in Lyon, France – where he combined the fields of engineering and financial management – and Ecole Nationale des Ponts etChaussées in Paris where he obtained a Master in Public Management and Technical Mastery. He is also the holder of a Maritime MBA from Euromed in Marseille.
He began his career in the fields of urban planning and environmental policy and dedicated over twenty years to the French Ministry of Transport, Urban Planning, Environmental Policy and Social Housing, managing multi-million Euro projects.
Olivier joined the CMA CGM Group in 2007 and has steadily developed his expertise in port management and development. Over the years, he has been assigned to oversee and develop key assets in competitive markets in Africa, South America, North America and the French West Indies. He is now immersed in his latest challenge to make Kingston a first-class hub and capitalise on the significant opportunities presented by the expansion of the Panama Canal.
Charles Johnston, C.D.
Past President, Honorary Member
Charles Johnston is the Executive Chairman of Jamaica Fruit & Shipping Company and its subsidiaries. He has been in the shipping and produce-export business since 1964 and has been a member of the Managing Committee of the SAJ with few interruptions since 1976.
Mr. Johnston is the Chairman of Jamaica Producers Group Ltd., Seaboard Freight & Shipping Company Ltd. and T.S. Crane Services Ltd., and is the Deputy Chairman of Scotia Group Jamaica Ltd. He also serves as a director on other boards including: the Kingston Port Workers Superannuation Fund, The Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd., B & D Trawling Ltd., Lennox Portland Ltd., Kingston Logistics Centre and Kingston Wharves Ltd.
Mr. Johnston is a 2006 recipient of the National Award of the Order of Distinction, Commander Class and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica in 2008. He is a member of the Kings House Foundation and the Spanish Jamaica Foundation. Mr. Johnston is a past student of Jamaica College and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce.
Past President, Honorary Member
Harriat Maragh is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lannaman & Morris Shipping Limited. He is also Chairman of the Kingston Port Workers Superannuation Fund and Metro Investments Limited and a Past President of the Shipping Association of Jamaica.
He serves as a Director on several boards including Kingston Wharves Limited, the Shipping Association of Jamaica Property Limited; Assessment Recoveries Limited, ADVANTUM, the National Cruise Council of Jamaica and is Chairman of Main Events.
Mr. Maragh is a graduate of the Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto, Canada and a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Trevor Riley J.P.
Chief Executive Officer
Trevor Riley is the Chief Executive Officer of the SAJ, its subsidiaries and related companies. He leads a team of over 650 persons providing a range of services, including the supply of labour, security and Information Technology services to the Port of Kingston.
Mr. Riley serves as Company Secretary for ADVANTUM, formerly Port Computer Services Limited (PCS), and for Assessment Recoveries Limited (ARL). He is a Trustee of the Kingston Portworkers’ Superannuation Fund, the SAJ Staff Pension Fund and the Caribstar and Associates Pension Fund.
A Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Kingston, he is also a past student of Kingston College, and graduate of the University of the West Indies and Kingston University in Britain. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree (Kingston, UK), a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Technology, the Diploma in Mass Communications, (UWI) and the Diploma in Journalism from the International Institute for Journalism, (IIJ) Berlin, Germany. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM), United Kingdom and has also completed the Harvard University Programme on Negotiation.