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The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) will this week, host a regional security-training workshop for maritime and shipping instructors, administrators and security personnel.
The workshop, which will be held from June 27 through to July 2 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston, is part of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) ‘Train-the-Trainer’ programme, and will seek to “build up the bank of persons trained under the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code,” explained Carolyn Graham, Research Analyst at the MAJ and course co-ordinator.
The ‘Train-the-Trainer’ programme, which consists of 18 courses, aims to enhance implementation of the IMO maritime security measures, including the ISPS Code, which was adopted in 2002 and entered into force on July 1, 2004.
Part of the mandate of the MAJ, is to spearhead the development of shipping in Jamaica and to regulate matters relating to merchants shipping and seafarers. By hosting this course, it is seeking to develop the instructors’ maritime security knowledge, so that they are better equipped to train others.
“What is happening now, is that the IMO has developed model courses to train persons, who will act as Port Facility Security Officer, Company Security Officer, and Ship Security Officer under the code…and who will teach these model courses to those persons who have been assigned those duties,” Ms. Graham told JIS News.
Last June, the MAJ hosted 26 representatives from local and regional shipping and security organisations at an intensive training course, which formed part of the region’s preparation for the implementation of the ISPS Code.
That two-day workshop was geared at ensuring that persons performing the functions of Port Facility Security Officers, Ship Security Officers and Company Security Officers possessed the knowledge base and skills for assessing and implementing security systems in accordance with the ISPS Code. This year’s workshop is being used to build on that training, said Ms. Graham.
The target audience for the ‘Train-the-Trainer’ courses are instructors at national maritime training centres and candidates from the shipping industry, who have, or are about to be assigned, maritime security-related instructional duties.
There will be a total of 23 participants, comprising 17 representatives from Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and St. Maarten, and six local participants.
Graduates will receive a certificate and will be expected to assist in training other instructors, both nationally and regionally. By developing this programme and training the first instructors on a regional basis, the IMO is seeking to ensure that all participating member governments build up a cadre of instructors equipped to train others using IMO model courses for security officers.
Instructors for next week’s six-day course include Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ; and Captain Lennox Bailey, Director for Safety, Environment and Certification at the MAJ. Also providing instruction at the workshop will be two IMO-certified instructors, Barbadian Harbour Master Richard Alleyne, and Canadian, Luc Chamberland.