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Dear Members, 

Thank you to the more than 30 members and potential members who came out to the ABMA Annual General Meeting held at the end of May. As we move into the summer months, we will be hard at work putting some new processes into place.  Among them is this newsletter which we fully intend to be the first of our regular communications with our membership.

Please be reminded that the ABMA Secretariat is now located upstairs at Antigua Yacht  Club Marina (next to Ondeck) in the Mainstay Caribbean Ltd. office.  The office is open year round Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm except on bank holidays and we would be delighted to meet you (if we haven’t already) should you have a moment to call in and say hello.

We look forward to working with you.
 
Sincerely,
Nadine McDavid 
Sales and Marketing
Latest News

Board Meeting Notice


The first meeting of the new board of directors will be convened on Thursday, 17th July at 6:00 pm at a location to be confirmed nearer the date. Board members please confirm your attendance to Ari James at info@abma.ag

Meeting with eSeaClear

eSeaClear called a meeting of all yachting agents recently which was attended by Alison Sly-Adams as representative of the ABMA. The meeting was to gain feedback from agents on eSeaClear and for eSeaClear representative Luke Pressley to update attendees on upcoming changes to the system.  A number of upgrades were discussed which will enhance eSeaClear and hence speed up clearance in and out for all yachtsmen.
Luke and Alison will be attending a meeting with Customs, Immigration and Port Authority within the next few weeks to discuss potential changes to procedures for the upcoming season. Following this meeting the membership will be updated on significant developments.


eSeaClear Statistics
 
The eSeaClear team has agreed to share regular reports with the ABMA.  Please find the first such report here – with details of number of boats, passengers and crew cleared in and out from November 2013 to June 2014.

A cautionary note:  the numbers compared to last year do not necessarily reflect the actual growth on the year as in 2012/13 the eSeaClear system was still very much in set up mode and so numbers reported, although correct, were a smaller proportion of total clearances than current numbers where all clearances are nowprocessed through eSeaClear.
 
Thank you to eSeaClear for making these numbers available to us.  Once the ABMA’s website has beenredesigned we will ensure that reports are added to the website as they are received.  Until then we will continue to pass on the monthly reports in this format.

Marketing- Website Overhaul Coming

The ABMA website has been underutilized for some years and with the Secretariat now re-established we are keen to redevelop the website and make it a vibrant, useful marketing tool for the industry, our visitors and our members. To that end we welcome any requests from the membership on changes and additions you would like to see made to the website. If you would like to get involved in the redevelopment process or have any suggestions for things you would like to see on the site please email Nadine at news@abma.ag.

ABMA Calendar 2014- 2016
Opportunities to extend the yachting season to be year round in English and Falmouth Harbours, as opposed to just in Jolly Harbour, were discussed at the recent AGM. The first part of this strategy includes creating a calendar that lists events during the summer months as well as other non-yachting events which might be of interest to visitors. To that end please click here to see the new calendar.  The calendar will be distributed to stakeholders, media and at tradeshows and regattas over the coming months.
Join us in welcoming a new member- Richard Watson of Caribbean  Brokerage!

Established in 2011 by local Chartered Surveyor and Marine Surveyor Richard Watson, Caribbean Brokerage have already sold a number of locally based yachts, mainly to overseas buyers who they have found as a result of their extensive marketing efforts. For more details visit their website at www.caribbeanbrokerage.com.
 
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