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  • The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has joined forces with four key stakeholders in the maritime industry to stage activities in observance of Maritime Awareness Week, which is being observed from September 20-26.
  • These include the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Kingston Wharves Limited, and the Shipping Association of Jamaica.
  • CMI Executive Director, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, told JIS News that activities started on Sunday (September 20), with a church service at Fellowship Tabernacle in Kingston.

The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has joined forces with four key stakeholders in the maritime industry to stage activities in observance of Maritime Awareness Week, which is being observed from September 20-26.

These include the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), Kingston Wharves Limited, and the Shipping Association of Jamaica.

CMI Executive Director, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, told JIS News that activities started on Sunday (September 20), with a church service at Fellowship Tabernacle in Kingston.

On Monday, September 23, the CMI launched its open day and exhibition, with Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, delivering the keynote address.

Director General of the MAJ, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, read the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) message.

Over the two days of the event, hundreds of students from institutions across the island toured the CMI’s facilities, where they learnt about the institution and careers in the maritime industry.

“They (went) to the various activity centres to learn more about CMI and (offerings in) maritime education and training,” Dr. Pinnock informed.

Activities continue today (Sept.  23), with the opening of the CMI’s two-day academic conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre under the theme: ‘Last Mile Logistics: the Promise and Possibilities for the Caribbean’.

A cocktail event, sponsored by the Port Authority of Jamaica, will be held at the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club in the evening.

On Thursday morning (September 24), which is World Maritime Day, there will be a balloon release at the Kingston Waterfront, and in the evening, an industry dinner will take place at the Terra Nova Hotel.

The proceeds from the dinner, hosted by the Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean (WiMAC), will go towards the organisation’s scholarships and grant awards programme.

The theme for Maritime Awareness Week 2015 is Maritime Education and Training, which places focus on the quality of the human resource aspect of the industry.