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.
After 1953, the Association of Shipowners of Santo Domingo, worked informally and did not have an established legal residence; its members gathered at the offices of the shipping companies as required by the situation they faced at any given time. For this reason, Mr. Robert W. Blauvelt, Manager of the Alcoa SteamShip Co.; Francisco Geraldes, of Operation Traffic Shipping Manager, and Augusto Saviñón, of the Frederic Schad company, decide to give the Association a more rigorous legal status intended to formalize improved relations with the Customs Department and other government agencies, labor unions and exporters and importers, and deal effectively with conflicts arising with these sectors.
With the development of maritime and port activities, the shipowners decide to legally incorporate the Association and in November of 1991 changed the name and statutes of the years 1964 and 1967, to be called in the future “Associación de Navieros de la Republica Dominicana”.
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;
- The study and analysis of the conflicts which may arise with parties with a legitimate interest related to the activities of the sector that this Association represents, including the presentation of possible solutions, when required by the appropriate conciliation, mediation and negotiation activities.
- The study, development, negotiation and implementation of the agreements concerning working rules and collective conditions that can be agreed to with the unions present in the loading and unloading operations of vessels and other related activities;
- Mantener relaciones con sus miembros, así como con personas, organismos, asociaciones y entidades nacionales e internacionales, centros de desarrollo y formación técnica profesional, para fines de intercambio, consulta y colaboración en relación con los fines de la Asociación;
- The study and preparation of draft laws aimed at legislative reforms intended to improving services and operations in the ports of the country;
- To issue, when prompted or on their own initiative, their opinion in matters related to maritime, port, customs, tax, labor legislation and any others that interest or affect its members both individually or collectively;
- To encourage by all means at its disposal the free exercise of the activities of its members and ensure that each of them observes moral and healthy commercial rules in competition with other members;
- Develop corporate social responsibility programs and promote them within the Organization and its partners;
- To perform all civil acts and negotiations that suit their purposes, such as contracts, acquire property, lease, maintain bank accounts, issue credit and change documents, and purchase by any legal means the necessary properties and facilities for its purposes; promote the rental of said facilities and carry out all legally licit actions necessary to the development of such activities;
- To be understood that it may always widen its activities to any sector, action or activity that harbors the welfare of the Association and facilitates the achievement of its social objectives.
The Shipping philosophy is framed within the context of trade relations with Dominican authorities, national and foreign business associations, trade unions and users of the ports, for the better development of the Dominican foreign trade. Now twenty-six (26) companies make up the Association, representing ports in the interiorand covering the activities of freight and passengers on all Dominican ports.