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    • Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Rear Admiral Peter Brady, has been recognised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for his extensive work in the field of maritime training.
    • The Jamaican is the recipient of the prestigious IMO themed award for World Maritime Day (WMD) 2015 focused on ‘Maritime Education and Training.’
    • More than 350 eminent figures from across the global shipping industry attended the function, which honoured the achievements of the past year and the distinguished careers of the winners.

    Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Rear Admiral Peter Brady, has been recognised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for his extensive work in the field of maritime training.

    The Jamaican is the recipient of the prestigious IMO themed award for World Maritime Day (WMD) 2015 focused on ‘Maritime Education and Training.’

    The presentation was made at the 27th Seatrade Awards held on May 6 at London’s Guild Hall. More than 350 eminent figures from across the global shipping industry attended the function, which honoured the achievements of the past year and the distinguished careers of the winners.

    The IMO themed award is given each year to the person, who best embodies the chosen theme.

    In an interview with JIS News, Rear Admiral Brady explained that Seatrade, which is one of the world’s most eminent maritime media and events planning organisations, stages the awards to honour the achievements of professionals and retired persons, who have had distinguished careers in the maritime industry.

    He sees the award as a win not just for himself but also for his country and the Caribbean region.

    “To have somebody from Jamaica recognised in this way helps to raise our maritime profile.  People, who see this award being given to Jamaica, will link the Caribbean Maritime Institute with the Maritime Authority, as we continue to turn out good seafarers…this award is a sort of endorsement of our capabilities and our standards,” he said.

    Rear Admiral Brady credited his receipt of the award to his contribution to the development of rules and standards for seafarers at different levels.

    A former Chief of Defence Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and former head of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard, Admiral Brady has chaired the IMO’s Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) sub-committee for almost 10 years.

    He also presided over the amendments to the STCW Convention and STCW Code at the Diplomatic Conference in the Philippines.

    Rear Admiral Brady has been involved in the training of students of the World Maritime University in Sweden for several years and is a member of the Board of Governors and a visiting lecturer.

    He is also a former member of the Board of Management of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and has lectured at Dalhousie University on Maritime Security and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

    Other awards presented at the function included: Seatrade Lifetime Achievement Award; Seatrade Young Person in Shipping Award; Seatrade Award for Countering Piracy; and the Seatrade Personality Award.