Puerto Rico Shipping Association

Asociación de Navieros de Puerto Rico
The Puerto Rico Shipping Association was founded in 1970. Following its inception, the association has grown to comprise a group of 28 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.
During the past several years, the association has focused on improving port productivity, reducing operating costs and maintaining San Juan as the premier cruise ship home port in the Caribbean. The PRSA provides a forum for discussion on legislation, tourism development, ports, safety, security and other maritime industry issues.

Our History

Asociación de Navieros de Puerto Rico
 
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. Following its inception, the PRSA has grown to comprise a group of 28 companies dedicated to numerous sectors of the maritime industry such as shipping agents, terminal operators, shipping lines, vessel operators, charterers, tug and salvage companies, stevedoring companies, bunkering services, port authorities and others.
The primary purpose of the PRSA is to assist its members in the study and solution of common problems that directly or indirectly affect the maritime activity in the island.  In performing this role, the PRSA is involved in areas such as:
  • The collective bargaining agreements with the unions that affect the ports of Puerto Rico
  • Negotiations with the Pilots Associations including the maritime traffic control.
  • Negotiations in tariffs, taxes and other duties imposed on the industry whether they are from the Ports Authority, Legislative Assembly, Federal Agencies or the Government of Puerto Rico.
  • Representation of its members in various forums and associations such as the Caribbean Shipping Association, Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association, The Private Sector Coalition of Puerto Rico and other pertinent groups, congresses and organizations.
PRSA’s tasks have expanded to include the representation of its membership in various socio-political forums, as well as acting as a clearing house for numerous maritime-related initiatives.It is directed by the Board of Directors:  Hernán F. Ayala Rubio, President, Eduardo Pagan, Vice President, María Del mar Rodríguez , Secretary,Clarivette Diaz , Treasurer, José O. Busto, Immediate Past President and Ramón Umpierre, Executive Director. There are a number of Permanent Committees to which current problems are assigned.During the past several years, the association has focused on improving port productivity, reducing operating costs and maintaining San Juan as the premier cruise ship home port in the Caribbean.The Puerto Rico Shipping Association is an active member of the PR Manufacturers’ Association, the PR Chamber of Commerce, the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, The Private Sector Coalition of Puerto Rico, National Maritime Safety Association and the Caribbean Shipping Association.

Our Mission

Asociación de Navieros de Puerto Rico
 
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.
PRSA will accomplish this mission:
  • Through negotiation of fair collective bargaining agreements with the various maritime workers unions;
  • Through effective implementation of those collective bargaining agreements; and judicious management of the various funds created thereunder;
  • Through strong advocacy of our members interests in the public, government and business communities;
  • Through close collaboration with other maritime and maritime-related organizations who share common interests;
  • Through partnering with public agencies tasked with the improvement of the region’s transportation system, and
  • Through frequent communications with members to insure that their interests are well served.

Our Vision

Asociación de Navieros de 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.

Letter from our President

Eduardo Pagan

 The Puerto Rico Shipping Association (PRSA) was founded in 1970 under the laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. A member-based organization represented by USA domestic & international liners, stevedoring & terminal operators, shipping agents, tug & barge operators, and other industry service associated organizations. Accounting for approximately 30 organizations.

The association works closely with USA Federal and Puerto Rico Government agencies and the island private sector to promote the growth and wellbeing of the community. It also represents its membership in forums and entities of relevant nature to the island social and economic evolution.

The PRSA promotes initiatives to advance the interests of its members, and the aim towards world class safety, technology, standards and practices in everything we do. The programs and initiatives towards the development of our industry professionals had played a pivotal role in the evolution of our business sector. All the above to serve the purpose of remaining a robust and competitive industry.

Recognizing the island significant dependency on imports and exports, we take very seriously our role to our customers and society.

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.

 

Past Presidents

of Puerto Rico Shipping Association
Lic. Hernan F. Ayala Rubio

Lic. Hernan F. Ayala Rubio

2007-2018

Fernando L. Rivera

Fernando L. Rivera

1993-2002

Pedro Del Valle

Pedro Del Valle

1985-1988

José O. Busto

José O. Busto

2004-2007

Jon Forsyth

Jon Forsyth

1982-1985, 1991-1995

Hernán F. Ayala Parsi

Hernán F. Ayala Parsi

1980-1982

Luis A. Ayala Parsi

Luis A. Ayala Parsi

1970-1975

Roberto Lugo, Jr.

Roberto Lugo, Jr.

2002-2004

José Oller

José Oller

1988-1991

Bob Leith

Bob Leith

1975-1980