Letter from our President
Clarivette Díaz Sosa
Welcome to Puerto Rico Shipping Association!
Fifty years ago, our founding members had a great vision, creating an association that would house Puerto Rico’s maritime industry companies to work on crucial issues in our trade. Today we appreciate that grand vision. Puerto Rico imports more than 80% of its goods, we recognize how vital this industry is to our daily lives, and we try to carry out our job with a high sense of responsibility. At PRSA, we have more than 29 companies committed to serving our island with the highest service standards. We work hand in hand with agencies, both federal and state, promoting and enforcing the safety protocols and regulations that govern our industry. The diversity of our membership is extensive, and we represent domestic and international carriers, stevedoring and terminal operators, shipping and cruise line tug agents, barge operators, and other industry service organizations. As an Association, we represent our members in different forums of interest, both local and international. We are part of various alliances trying to insert ourselves in the country’s discussion on the economic development of Puerto Rico.
Being the first woman to lead the Puerto Rico Shipping Association in its fiftieth-anniversary, I am pleased to see the inclusion that we have achieved over the years and the opportunities we have in this industry that has so immensely helped us. I know that I can contribute as an example for the generations to come, and I accept the challenge by taking on this new role with dynamism and responsibility.
And last but not least, we acknowledge our duty and responsibility to the communities we serve. Our association carries out philanthropic work with non-profit organizations, faith communities, and our people, which has become one of our organization’s engines. We are proud of each of our members and the work our maritime industry personnel does on the island. That is why we proudly say #somosnavieros.
As we approach our 50thanniversary, we are humble and proud of the contribution of our organization to the people of Puerto Rico and the dynamic role as advocates for our industry.
Puerto Rico Shipping Association
The Puerto Rico Shipping Association was founded in 1970. Following its inception, the association has grown to comprise a group of 32 companies dedicated to numerous sectors of the maritime business. Its tasks have expanded to include the representation of its membership in various socio-economic forums, as well as acting as a clearing house for numerous maritime-related initiatives.
The Puerto Rico Shipping Association mission is to represent the interests of its members in maximizing the efficiency, cost competitiveness, safety and quality of marine cargo operations in the ports of Puerto Rico.
To be the premier professional service organization in the maritime industry, supporting secure, growing ports across Puerto Rico, with a professional and economic labor force, efficiently moving cargo in sustainable harbors flourishing with natural resources.
The Puerto Rico Shipping Association (PRSA) is a non-profit organization established in 1970, to facilitate the development and growth of the marine industry in Puerto Rico.