Top Marine Pilot Dies Suddenly


Chief Executive Officer of SCASPA, Mr. Jonathan Bass while commenting on the passing of the late Nigel Herbert, said, “SCASPA and the Federation have lost an inspiring mentor, experienced marine pilot and someone with a pleasant personality. His long tenure at SCASPA can be described as exemplary and he has certainly left a legacy in the field of marine operations. He must be credited for his professional and dedicated work in the Marine Division at Port Zante.”


Bass said the Board, management and staff will miss Herbert deeply. “On behalf of SCASPA’s Board of Directors, management and staff, I express profound sympathy to the wife, children, family members and friends of Mr. Nigel Herbert, particularly to his brother, Mr. Royden Herbert, SCASPA’s Chief Marine Officer and his nephew, SCAPSA’s Deckhand, Mr. Denroy Herbert.”


Chief Marine Pilot, Mr. Nigel Herbert passed away suddenly on Sunday, 23rd September, 2012.


Mr. Herbert has been described as a skilled and hardworking pilot in marine operations. He served SCASPA and the Federation with distinction in this capacity since November 1999. As a certified pilot (who obtained certification from the Caribbean Maritime Institute in Jamaica), Mr. Herbert ensured the safe piloting of ships and other vessels into and out of the Port’s habour.


One of his greatest achievements was the integral role he played in ensuring the successful arrival of Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship on its first visit to Port Zante in December 2011. Mr. Herbert received special commendation for his outstanding work in marine operations by Captain of the Allure of the Seas, Mr. Herman Zini, and from the Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Skerritt.


In addition to his leading positions at SCASPA, he was the Federation’s representative at the MesoAmerican-Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission (MACHC) meetings for many years.


Herbert also served for a number of years as the Chairman of the National Carnival Sub Committee, responsible for the calypso competitions.



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