Date: 22 January 2010
Vanessa Stuart, ISS Administrator
Amy Halsted, ISS Executive Director
The Future of Cuba’s Maritime Heritage & Maritime Resources
with Commodore Díaz Escrich of the Marina Hemingway
Presented by ISS and SeaKeepers
22 January 2010, Fort Lauderdale, FL: The International Superyacht Society (ISS) and The International SeaKeepers Society are proud to announce their collaboration in presenting a talk with one of Cuba’s leading marine ambassadors, Commodore Diaz Escrich. The event, The Future of Cuba’s Maritime Heritage & Maritime Resources with Commodore Diaz Escrich of the Marina Hemingway, is being held at the Eden Roc, 4525 Collins Avenue, Miami, Florida on 11 February 2010 from 5:30-6:15 p.m. and is sponsored by Moore & Company and CubaSeas.com. Colleagues from all industry companies, associations and media are invited to the presentation.
Commodore Diaz Escrich—Biography
Commodore Díaz Escrich grew up in Santiago de Cuba. His father, a yacht club member, served in the US Navy, and his love for things nautical greatly influenced his son, José Miguel. Growing up, young Díaz Escrich knew he wanted to become a naval officer, but those not yet 18 years old did not get into the Cuban Naval Academy. Instead, at age 16, Escrich joined his country's Army, hoping eventually to gain acceptance into the Naval Academy. After graduation, he worked his way up the ranks to Commander of an anti-submarine ship. He returned to the classroom in the former Soviet Union. Returning to Cuba, he worked in Naval Base Operations, focusing on international maritime and legal issues.
Díaz Escrich had a vision: to develop the recreational boating industry in Cuba. He became a consultant for nautical tourism and proposed founding a new yacht club at Marina Hemingway. At the time, all Cuban yacht clubs were closed. There had been many clubs prior to 1960, but the perception of them as elitist, exclusionary organizations of wealthy capitalists made the creation of a new one difficult. Nevertheless, with great effort, Díaz Escrich was able to clear the way to open the first post-revolutionary yacht club in Cuba.
The area where the marina and yacht club now stand was originally developed in the late 1950's as residential and recreational facilities. Where the boatyard now stands, a naval base for torpedo boats was established. With the Russians in retreat, the Cuban government approved new investment laws to develop tourism and started removing the warships. Cubanacan, a tourism holding company, was founded in 1987 and given the land. Marina Hemingway was established, there but the campaign to promote marine tourism had just begun.
Though it would seem a natural development to have a yacht club in a tourist complex on the water, it took until 1992 for the club to open. That day boasted 28 members from 10 countries. The second year, membership climbed to 150, representing 23 countries. Currently, there are over 1,600 members from 45 countries.
Díaz Escrich serves not only as Commodore, but also as Cuba's goodwill ambassador to recreational boaters, internationally and locally. He offers his professional background and experience to guide the effort for growth and development.
About International Superyacht Society
The International Superyacht Society is the sole organization serving and representing the large yacht industry worldwide. Society members are individuals and companies who have been recognized for their leadership and dedication to raising the standards of design construction, maintenance, repair and operation of large yachts.
Founded in 1989, the Society is a not-for-profit organization and relies wholly on membership dues, the support of corporate sponsors, revenues from special events, and other donations. An elected Board of Directors guides the Society’s activities.
Education Programs are conducted internationally and include open forums such as symposia, informal gatherings and round-tables. It is a Society priority to foster dialogue among Society members and others in the large yacht segment of the marine industry, leading to the strengthening and growth of the business interests of Society members and the industry as a whole.
About The International SeaKeepers Society
Founded in Monaco in 1998, the International SeaKeepers Society was began by a small group of yacht owners who concerned by the deteriorating health of the seas. Their initial mission was to develop a compact, automated and cost-effective ocean and atmospheric monitoring system to install aboard their yachts, providing data to scientists on the health of the world’s oceans. The innovative SeaKeeper 1000TM monitoring system has subsequently been deployed in more than 50 locations around the world, including yachts, cruise ships, ferryboats, government buoys, freight ships and piers. It is endorsed by the United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization and used by NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries Program and National Weather Service. To find out how to become a SeaKeeper, “adopt” a SeaKeeper 1000TM monitoring system, or to learn more about the Society, please visit www.seakeepers.org.
About Moore & Company
Michael T. Moore has been practicing maritime and aviation law for over twenty years. Before founding his own firm he was a partner with Holland & Knight and chaired the firm’s Marine and Aviation Practice. Moore & Company assists clients with matters in the areas of Maritime & Admiralty Law, relating to commerce and navigation on the high seas and on other navigable waters, as well as Aviation Law, including all facets of the law dealing with the ownership, operation, maintenance, and use of aircraft, airports and airspace. Aviation Law also involves licensing and aeromedical issues encompassed by the Federal Aviation Act and the associated federal aviation regulations promulgated there under. Moore and Company additionally focuses on Art Law, including all facets of the law dealing with the acquisition, ownership, or sale of and disputes deriving from works of art and cultural property.
CubaSeas.com is the definitive interactive website for all things maritime and marine related concerning the waters surrounding the Island nation of Cuba.