Darlin Gaitan Confirmed as Belize’s Ports Commissioner
Acting Ports Commissioner, Darlin Gaitan has been confirmed to the post of Ports Commissioner. The appointment takes effect April 1, 2023 as per a decision made by the Board of Directors for the Belize Port Authority. Gaitan holds a master’s degree in Maritime Management from the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, a BSc in Natural Resource Management from the University of Belize and is pursuing postgraduate studies in International Maritime Law. She has also undertaken extensive technical maritime training in Port State Control, Port Management, Law, and Project Management, among other specializations. Gaitan has 14 years of experience at the Belize Port Authority, and she has been holding over as Acting Ports Commissioner since October 31st, 2022. Gaitan is now the second woman to ever hold the post of Ports Commissioner in the 45-year history of the BPA. During her 14 years at the Belize Port Authority, Gaitan held critical roles in the Operations Department and the Executive Services Department. Prior to her elevation to Ports Commissioner, her substantive post was Manager of the Technical Department.