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About us

We are in charge of representing, strengthening and efficiently promoting the shipping and port sector of the Dominican Republic, seeking better levels of competitiveness, contributing to our country brand.


It can be said that the history of the shipowners starts in the Dominican Republic when Cristopher Columbus moored his ships in the Ozama River, October 12, 1496.

Over time, the Dominican schooners that did business with agricultural products among the islands of the Caribbean Sea, were armed to battle it out on the South coast against Haitian invaders, before and after the Declaration of independence of February 27, 1844.By the year 1889 the first publication appeared announcing the arrival and departure of vessels, on a printed sheet known as a maritime daily listing. Six decades later, in August 1949, the agents and operators of vessels associated to form the Association of Shipowners of Santo Domingo, being its first President Robert W. Blauvelt, the Manager of the Alcoa Steamship Co., now defunct company.



Ten basics concepts provide the objectives and aims of the Association, in order to provide support to analysis and solutions to common problems relating to agents, brokers and ship owners and tenants of vessels operating in all ports of the country, as follows:




To seek solutions to the problems affecting its members; that is, the study and solution of the common problems which relate to the shippers, terminal operators, maritime shipping, ship owners or tenants of vessels operating in all the ports of the country.

Basic concepts make up the objectives and purposes of the Association:


Seek solutions to the problems that affect its members; that is, the study and solution of common problems that refer to consignees, operators of maritime terminals, shipping agents, shipowners or tenants of ships that operate in all the ports of the country.


The study and weighting of the conflicts that may arise by parties with legitimate interest related to the activities of the sector that this Association represents, including the presentation of possible solutions, when required through conciliation, mediation and negotiation.


The study, elaboration, negotiation and execution of the collective agreements on working conditions that can be signed with the trade union organizations involved in the loading and unloading of ships and other related activities.


Maintain relationships with its members, as well as with people, agencies, associations and national and international entities, development centers and professional technical training, for the purpose of exchange, consultation and collaboration in relation to the purposes of the Association.


The study and preparation of draft laws aimed at introducing legislative reforms aimed at improving services and operations in the country's ports.


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