Jamaica launches its candidacy for Category C seat on the IMO Council

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) officially launched its candidacy in the UK for a Category C seat on the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Council last Thursday evening at a reception at the IMO.

Addressing the IMO Secretary-General, Kitack Lim, IMO delegates and specially invited guests, Director-General of the MAJ Rear Admiral Peter Brady hailed Jamaica’s candidature as “an opportunity to enhance Jamaica’s role on the international maritime stage.”

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Jamaica Launches its Candidature For Election onto IMO Council

Left to right: Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General Maritime Authority of Jamaica; Senator, the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; the Hon L. Michael Henry, Minister of Transport and Mining.

Left to right: Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General Maritime Authority of Jamaica; Senator, the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; the Hon L. Michael Henry, Minister of Transport and Mining.

Jamaica launched its bid to be elected to Category ‘C’ of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council last Thursday (2 February) – in a move to position Jamaica as a ‘viable maritime hub’.

Addressing specially invited guests, Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining The Honourable L. Michael Henry CD MP said: “I am very pleased to be associated with yet another event which is designed to showcase Jamaica in a positive light. We consider our bid to be elected to Category ‘C’ of the IMO as a strategic move in order to raise our maritime profile in this governing body.

“Jamaica when viewed through the lens of the international maritime community and especially by virtue of our signatory status of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea – we are responsible for discharging three types of jurisdiction under the maritime treaties to which we are a party.

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Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s Director General elected Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors, World Maritime University

Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.  The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as recognition for the MAJ’s focus on training and the Admiral’s crucial role within the international shipping sector. Read more

MAJ Welcomes New IMO Secretary-General

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) has welcomed the appointment of Mr Ki-tack Lim of the Republic of Korea as the incoming Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation.

Jamaica has been a Category C member of the IMO Council since 2007 and its Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, chaired the IMO’s Standards of Training & Watchkeeping (STW) Sub Committee for almost 10 years and was Chairman of the Committee of the Whole at the Diplomatic Conference in Manila which amended the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and STCW Code.

Congratulating Mr Lim on his election as Secretary General elect of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Admiral Brady said: “Mr Lim Ki-tack brings great value to the position with a wealth of experience, education and training as a Master mariner, graduate of the Korean Maritime University and the World Maritime University; and as an executive manager with the Government in the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He is currently the CEO and President of the Busan Port Authority. He was Minister Counsellor at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, UK and was also Chairman of the IMO’s Flag State Implementation Sub Committee. We look forward to working with him on global maritime matters”.

Jamaica’s membership in Category C enhances its capacity and that of the Region to contribute to major policy decisions, rule-making and the development of standards including representing the maritime interests of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in order to implement port, coastal and flag State obligations

MAJ Celebrates Seafarers

Seafarers will take centre stage today at the offices of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) as it hosts a Seafarers’ Appreciation Day in celebration of the International Day of the Seafarer.

Long-serving and experienced Jamaican crew members will join cadets and newly-qualified seafarers to share reflections from their life at sea and how their maritime training, with the Caribbean Maritime Institute, has served them.

A highlight of the day will be an address by the President of Women in Maritime Association, Caribbean (WiMAC), Claudia Grant (MAJ Deputy Director General), who will tell seafarers and invited guests about the important role women seafarers play in the maritime sector.

In addition to refreshments, the seafarer guests will each receive a token of appreciation from the MAJ and the Jamaica Ship Registry (JSR).

MAJ Director General, Admiral Peter Brady, said: “The Maritime Authority of Jamaica is honoured to join with the rest of the world in celebrating the ‘Day of the Seafarer’ 2015.  This year marks the fifth anniversary of the campaign to raise awareness about seafarers and the seafaring career.

“On this day, we salute seafarers all over the world and urge bright young students to ‘dip their feet’ in the grand opportunities presented by this noble profession.

Women’s Conference Aims To Establish Caribbean Association

Jamaica is to host the Caribbean’s first ever Women in Maritime Association Conference as a first step towards establishing an IMO Women in Maritime Association for the region.

Taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica, from April 13-17, the Conference aims to support regional efforts to deepen the integration of women in the maritime sector through the establishment of a Women in Maritime Association (WiMA) for the Caribbean.

WiMA is the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) gender programme which this year marks its 27th year. One of the drivers of the programme has been the establishment of formal regional linkages between women managers in the maritime and port sectors, to provide a permanent channel for the exchange of information. To date six associations have been established in various regions globally under the auspices of IMO.

24 Caribbean States have been invited to take part in the Women in Maritime Affairs Conference which aims to:

· Establish a regional cooperation network that promotes information exchange, training and institutional strengthening

· Stimulate the integration and participation of women in the ports and maritime community of the Caribbean

· Enhance national and regional recognition of the role of women in the port and maritime sector of the Caribbean with a view to contributing to the implementation of IMO instruments through regional maritime strategies

· Strengthen the cooperation network among women in the port and maritime sector in the region, and

· Increase employment opportunities for women in national maritime administrations, port authorities and maritime training institutions.

The IMO’s decision to establish a WiMA in the Caribbean follows Jamaica’s participation in the 2nd International Conference on Maritime Women Global Leadership which was hosted by the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden in spring 2014. During that conference the benefits to be derived from such an association were highlighted.

Jamaica, represented by MAJ Deputy Director General Claudia Grant and Vivette Grant, Deputy Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, presented a paper entitled “Women in the Maritime Sector: Surviving and Thriving in a Man’s World – a Caribbean Perspective”. The findings and recommendations of this paper were informed by a survey conducted over eight of the Caribbean States and involving some 40 female maritime professionals from various sectors of the industry.

One of the recommendations emanating from the survey was the need for the establishment of a national/regional association. A very significant 80% of the participants surveyed expressed the need for such an association, which would:

· establish an effective communication network to facilitate ongoing dialogue and the sharing of ideas and best practices among women in the sector

· be a primary forum for networking through the hosting of conferences and seminars on gender issues and industry development

· monitor standards and initiatives to encourage gender equity in employment, performance and qualifications opportunities at all levels

· promote the maritime sector as a viable career option for women in the Caribbean, and identify and promote the job opportunities in the industry to facilitate the career advancement of women

· foster the establishment of organizational mechanisms that orient and support women in the maritime sector

Following the Conference and a subsequent approach from the Maritime Authority of Jamaica to the IMO Secretary General, the IMO has committed its support to the Caribbean to enable the establishment of a regional association for female maritime professionals and this week’s Conference is the first step towards this goal.

MAJ Deputy Director General Claudia Grant said: “We are very excited to be hosting this important event on behalf of the wider Caribbean region. Women play an increasingly important role within the maritime sector, which is a significant economic driver for our region. We believe it is important to do everything we can to enable women to survive and thrive in the maritime industry and by working together in this way the whole Caribbean region is demonstrating the importance it places on women’s roles in this important and specialised sector.”

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Notes To Editors:

The inaugural IMO Women in Maritime Affairs (WIMA) Conference will take place at the

Holiday Inn Sunspree Hotel, Montego Bay, Jamaica from April 13-17, 2015.

Women Need Training To Survive And Thrive In Maritime Sector

Women have a significant role to play in the development of the maritime sector in the Caribbean region but in order to survive and thrive they need access to professional training and education systems backed by internationally recognised and enforced employment standards.

This was the message two leading Caribbean shipping industry executives delivered to the ‘Maritime Women: Global Leadership 2nd International Conference’ being held by the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden this week (March 31 to April 1).

Claudia Grant, Deputy Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, and Vivette Grant, Deputy Executive Director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute, outlined the findings of a survey which examined the existence of gender bias in the maritime sector and its effects on women’s employment, promotion, career mobility and pay inequality.

More than 50% of the women taking part in the survey, which was conducted among women who have risen to senior leadership positions in various sectors of the Caribbean maritime industry,  indicated they had experienced gender bias in their career, with many saying it had affected their pay levels or career mobility.

The two Jamaican speakers told delegates that the Caribbean countries’ governments have recognised the importance of the empowerment of women as being an essential tool in reducing poverty levels in the region. Access to education and training are key to this empowerment and the study highlighted the benefits of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Women in Development (WID) programme which has provided Caribbean women with access to the skills necessary to equip them to enter the specialised and male-dominated maritime industry.

They advised the conference that 89% of beneficiaries of the IMO WID programme are now employed in senior management positions within the maritime sector but warned: “the job is not yet complete”.

They called for ongoing training and education opportunities to enable professional women to improve their qualifications, update their industry knowledge and “survive in this sector”. They also recommended establishment of an international code and minimum standards for the employment and empowerment of women in the maritime sector, backed by “appropriate control actions to ensure compliance”. In addition they championed the instigation of a professional association for maritime women to enable greater information sharing, networking, support and mentoring.

Mrs Claudia Grant said: “Women have an important contribution to make to the global economy and within the international maritime sector and we must ensure that we create the right global framework to ensure we are able to recruit, train and retain excellent female employees in the global shipping industry.”

The WMU conference considered how gender differences and unfair practices in professional maritime employment can be addressed by all the stakeholders, at international and national level, working to promote employment opportunities and to strengthen women’s roles once they are recruited. The conference also showcased the global achievements of the women alumni of WMU across the entire spectrum of maritime activity. Both Mrs C Grant and Mrs V Grant are graduates of WMU.

Jamaica Urges Seafarers To Pay Keen Attention To The MLC

As the world celebrates the Day of the Seafarer today (June 25), the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) urges seafarers to pay keen attention to the provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC) 2006.

With just a few weeks to go before the International Labour Organization’s “Bill of Rights” for seafarers comes into effect, Jamaica is encouraging seafarers to take its provisions seriously, pointing out that their diligence is also critical to the successful implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the Convention.

Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ said: “Jamaica recognises the tremendous contribution seafarers make to the world economy and commerce. Today, as we celebrate our seafarers, we should also recall that the provisions of the Convention were developed as a tripartite instrument with the input of governments, shipowners and seafarers’ representatives. The implementation and enforcement also need this three-party commitment to achieve its overarching aim – decent working conditions and social protection for seafarers as well as secure economic interests in fair competition for quality shipowners.”

Jamaica has communicated its guidance notes and declaration of maritime labour compliance to all owners, managers and operators of Jamaican ships, while it finalises measures to sign the Convention.

Jamaica Joins India To Celebrate 50th National Maritime Day

Rear Admiral (ret’d) Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and former chairman of the International Maritime Organisation’s Standards of Training & Watchkeeping sub-committee, was guest of honour at the 50th anniversary National Maritime celebrations in Mumbai, India.

Admiral Brady joined the Honourable Union Minister of Shipping Shri G. K. Vasan and Indian Shipping Secretary Shri P. K. Sinha at the event, the theme of which was: Celebrating The Past And Charting The Future Of Indian Shipping.

Delivering the keynote speech, he outlined the recent Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and spoke of India’s important contribution towards the effort. Speaking afterwards, Admiral Brady said: “India plays an important role in the global shipping industry and provides a large number of officers and seafarers to the international fleet. It was a great honour to attend this event and to celebrate India’s commitment to crew welfare and standards of seamanship.”

He told guests: “As a maritime practitioner, I am cognisant of the needs of the shipping industry for highly qualified and capable seafarers on the one hand and, on the other hand, the needs of the seafarers themselves to be competent and confident in their work at sea, based on sound technical knowledge, training and experience. Competency achieved through the fulfillment of the requirements of the STCW Convention satisfies both the industry and the seafarer himself. It also provides for higher levels of safety, security and efficiency of shipping, along with the sensitivity to protect the marine environment.”

The Indian shipping sector has seen tremendous growth since the country’s independence in 1947 when its merchant shipping fleet consisted of 59 ships with a total tonnage of about 0.19 MGT. Today the Indian fleet has increased to 1,162 vessels comprising 10.36 MGT.

Shipping Minister Vasan told guests that more than 250 Indian seafarers have been taken hostage by pirates since 2007 and eight Indian crew members are currently held hostage in Somalia. “I would like to reiterate that the Government of India is working hard to secure the early and safe release of our seafarers held hostage. We shall continue our proactive role, both domestically and internationally, in curbing the menace of piracy,” he said.

MARPOL and VIMSAS Top Discussions At Caribbean Meeting

MARPOL and VIMSAS topped discussions when senior Caribbean maritime administrators met in Montego Bay, Jamaica this week (February 19 and 20).

The Regional Senior Marine Administrators Workshop was hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica during a milestone visit to the country by Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

Representatives from 20 countries met to consider a list of programmes to be submitted to the IMO for support under its International Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP). As a part of the IMO’s ITCP in the Caribbean, Senior Maritime Administrators meet to develop programmes of Technical Cooperation for the biennium to present to the IMO. In the past such programmes have included strengthening of the institutional and legislative framework of fledgling maritime administrations in the region, as well as human capacity building.

Key areas of interest at this year’s meeting were the IMO International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 (MARPOL) and the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS). The group also felt that other matters of importance were Maritime Policy development, Search and Rescue and Port State Control.

Mr  Jianxin Zhu, Director, IMO Technical Co-operation Division, who led the IMO team at the workshop, said: “IMO is happy to be a part of this meeting looking at the needs of the Caribbean region in terms of the new Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme for the next biennium. The workshop is useful for the senior administrators in the region to meet and share information, offer assistance to each other and enhance regional capacity building cooperation. The IMO is very supportive of this workshop and will continue to support the Caribbean countries in their bid to discharge their maritime obligations under the various IMO Conventions.”

Also there to guide discussions from the IMO perspective was Mr Pedro San Miguel, Head of the IMO Latin America and Caribbean Section of the Technical Co-operation Division and Mr Colin Young, Regional Maritime Adviser for the Caribbean.

Resolutions agreed by the Senior Marine Administrators Workshop will be passed on to a High Level Symposium meeting of Ministers of Transport in the Caribbean, drawing delegates from a variety of the region’s States and overseas territories, as well as Jamaica. The IMO Secretary General will address the Ministerial meeting on the subject of the VIMSAS scheme. The Secretary General is in Jamaica from Feb 20 – 23.

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Notes to Editors:

· Photograph attached: Attendees at the Regional Senior Marine Administrators Workshop.

IMO Secretary General To Visit Jamaica

Secretary General of the UN specialised agency responsible for shipping, International Maritime Organization, Mr Koji Sekimizu, will spearhead a delegation of IMO representatives to Jamaica at the end of this month. Mr Sekimizu assumed the position of the 170-member state Organization on January 1, 2012 and this is his first visit to the Caribbean.

The four-day visit, hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), will culminate in a High Level Symposium (HLS) of the Ministers of Transport in the Caribbean, drawing delegates from a variety of the region’s States and overseas territories, as well as Jamaica. The HLS is intended to inform the responsible Ministers in the region on critical developments that will affect their countries’ reputations as responsible maritime states. Mr Sekimizu will address the group on “The Institutionalization of the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS)”.

The VIMSAS scheme was instituted by the IMO to ensure states are giving full and complete effect to the provisions of its major Conventions and will become mandatory in 2015. Jamaica has already been successfully audited under VIMSAS in September 2011 as part of its drive to discharge responsibly its Flag, Port and Coastal State obligations.

Prior to the symposium, the MAJ will host a seminar for Senior Maritime Administrators, as part of the IMO’s Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP) in the Caribbean. The Caribbean region, including Jamaica, has benefited greatly from the assistance of the IMO through its ITCP, which provides assistance to countries that may have difficulties giving full and complete effect to the IMO’s instruments and aims to build human, institutional and legal capacities.

Mr Sekimizu is scheduled to call on key Jamaican Ministers of Government and maritime entities, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, the Caribbean Maritime Institute and the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard – the agency of Government which conducts maritime search and rescue operations.

This is only the second time in approximately 25 years that a Secretary General of the IMO has visited Jamaica, which is a long-standing member of the IMO since 1976 and a member of the IMO Council, Category C having been elected 2009 and in 2011. The IMO Council is the governing body of the Organization when its Assembly, which meets once every two years, is not in session.

MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, said: “We are looking forward to the IMO Secretary General’s visit which will be extremely beneficial to both Jamaica and the wider Caribbean region.

“Jamaica is very supportive of the work of the IMO. We participate in a number of IMO committees and working groups which make international rules and standards for the safety, security, prevention of pollution by ships, and promulgate the international Conventions and other instruments. Jamaica participates in meetings of the Maritime Safety Committee, Marine Environment Protection Committee, the Legal Committee, Flag State Implementation Sub Committee, the  STW (training and certification of seafarers) Sub Committee, the Council and the IMO Assembly.”

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Notes to Editors:

· Mr Sekimizu will be in Jamaica from February 20 to Feb 23

MAJ Highlights Shipping’s Safety Mission

Shipping is on a mission to ensure the safety of lives at sea. That’s the message from the Maritime Authority of Jamaica today (September 27) as the global shipping industry marks World Maritime Day. The lives of seafarers, passengers and the protection of property and the marine environment are all important components of the modern shipping industry.

This year’s theme for this important international milestone is maritime safety, coinciding as it does with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic which sparked the development of the International Convention for the Safety of Life At Sea, 1974 (SOLAS). While shipping is now one of the safest modes of transport today the theme helps the maritime community to focus on ensuring it is made even safer.

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is a party to SOLAS and, as a Flag State, Port State and Coastal State, takes its responsibilities very seriously. The country is a key player at the International Maritime Organization where it is a Category C Council member and is represented on a number of committees, including the Standards of Training and Watchkeeping committee which it chairs.

In addition, the MAJ is at the forefront of regional efforts to ensure and enhance safety. Jamaica is a member of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control and hosts the Secretariat’s offices in Kingston.

Rear Admiral Peter Brady, MAJ Director General, said: ““Today of all days, we must ensure our focus is on maritime safety and marine environmental protection. We at the Maritime Authority of Jamaica strive to ensure that the international vessels which call at our ports, those that operate locally, as well as those on the Jamaica Ship Registry, do so in a manner that ensures safety of the crew, passengers, the cargo, the vessel and the environment.”

Caribbean Lacks Resources To Combat Oil Spills, Warns Jamaica

The Caribbean region including Jamaica and other Small Island Developing States lacks the resources to combat a major oil spill, delegates to a regional convention on oil spill prevention and response have been warned.

Opening the convention to discuss oil spill prevention, preparedness and response in the Gulf of Mexico, keynote speaker Christopher Cargill, Chairman of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, said Jamaica and other islands in the region do not have access to vast amounts of resources to combat major oil spills of the magnitude of the BP Deepwater Horizon incident – which occurred two years ago this month in the Gulf of Mexico.

He told delegates: “We understand that the BP Deepwater Horizon incident involved 47,000 persons, 600 vessels and 120 aircraft and the responders had access to a Spill Liability Trust Fund.
The development of a mechanism for cooperation is therefore a critical part of the preparedness in the region as Jamaica and other small states will have to rely heavily on their neighbours to the north for assistance in dealing with such events. “

The objective of last week’s convention, held in Kingston, Jamaica from April 11-13th, was to further regional preparedness and cooperation to oversee the offshore oil exploration and exploitation industry and to improve oil spill response preparedness and capabilities.

This was third such forum and aimed to complete a Caribbean Multinational Authorities Matrix to aid regional plans towards the offshore oil exploration industry. The previous discussions looked at the legal and policy frame work for drilling operations and issues related to preparedness and response to pollution incidents arising from oil and gas exploration and exploitation.

According to Bertrand Smith, Director of Legal Affairs at the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ): “This meeting was important to Jamaica as we ratified the IMO Oil Pollution and Response Convention (OPRC) two years ago and are currently incorporating its provisions into national legislation to deal with discharges from oil and gas platforms, among other things.”

The convention was sponsored by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica under the auspices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Regional Activity Centre/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre (RAC/REMPEITC).

In attendance were US Ambassador, Ms. Pamela Bridgewater Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of the United States of America, His Excellency, Mr. Yuri Gala Lopez, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Cuba, and Mr. Raul Mendoza-Gallo, Head of Consular, Commercial and Cooperation Affairs, Embassy of Mexico. Attendees also included representatives from the US State Department and other regulators from the USA as well as delegates from Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, The Bahamas and Guyana and representatives from RAC/RECPEITC-Caribe.

MAJ Officer Returns With Doctorate in Marine Policy

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica is delighted to announce the return of its Director of Shipping Policy Eric Deans who has completed a Ph.D in Marine Policy at the University of Delaware.

Dr Deans is well known throughout the shipping industry and has worked for the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) for 11 years. This month he resumes his responsibility as Director of Shipping Policy and Research and Registrar General for the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, which was administered in his absence by Mr Seymour Harley, who now returns to his role as Registrar of Ships.

Rear Admiral Peter Brady, MAJ Director General, said: “We welcome Dr Deans and congratulate him on his success. We are delighted that Dr. Deans has pursued research that will immediately impact the work of the MAJ.”

During his Ph.D studies Dr Deans conducted timely and relevant research which focused on cargo flow dynamics – in particular, how containerized traffic is impacted by the Panama Canal expansion. Dr Deans explained: “Since Jamaica is strategically located close to the Panama Canal, my research provides up-to-date insights that could allow Jamaica to capitalize on maritime opportunities with North America and South America, the Caribbean and Asia. The research analysed shippers’ preferences for ports and designed a model that could be used to prioritize investments in ports.”

During his sabbatical Dr Deans also acted as Jamaica’s representative to the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee and served as a member of the IMO Expert Group on market based measures to reduce ship emissions. The strong environmental component of the academic program also provided support for his participation as a delegate. Dr Deans authored a proposal to reduce greenhouse gas emission from ships through port state control measures. This proposal was presented by Jamaica at the 62nd session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee of the IMO.

Rear Admiral Brady said: “Completing the highest academic degree is a considerable accomplishment and the MAJ congratulates Dr. Deans and looks forward to his future contributions to Jamaica’s maritime development.”

Manila Amendments Workshop Held in Jamaica

Amendments to the STCW Convention have been made at the right time to make it relevant for today’s and future needs, according to Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica.

Officially opening a regional seminar in Jamaica entitled “Familiarisation With The Manila Amendments To The STCW Convention And Code”, Admiral Brady told delegates: “The Convention and the Code had to provide for the needs of today and many years into the future.”

He said: “To prepare and equip seafarers for the new challenges of effectively manning ships and minimising the possibilities of accidents, incidents of pollution and security related issues, while ensuring fair financial returns for the investor/shipowner, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has undertaken to amend the STCW at the right time to make it relevant for today’s needs while anticipating the future needs and requirements of shipping.

“So this Convention has to remain relevant to guarantee the competency of the world’s seafarers bearing in mind that it is one of the four pillars of the international regulatory regime aimed at providing for quality shipping along with the SOLAS Convention, MARPOL and the Maritime Labour Convention.

The workshop was led by IMO presenters Mr Ashok Mahapatra, Deputy Director/Head of Maritime Training and Human Element Section of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Division, assisted by Ms Marina Angsell, Head of the International Liaison Unit of the Maritime Department, Swedish Transport Agency, and Mr Arsenio Dominguez, Alternate Representative of the Panama Maritime Authority. They were supported by Mr Colin Young, IMO Regional Maritime Adviser.

“As the chairman of the STW Sub Committee I have had the privilege and the pleasure of working with the sub committee and the IMO Secretariat’s Training and Human Element section ably led by Ashok Mahapatra over the years and the review period has been most rewarding with a most successful end product in the Manila amendments,” Adm. Brady said.

VIMSAS Audit Is “Rite Of Passage” Says Jamaica

Assessment under the IMO’s Voluntary International Maritime Organization Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS) is a necessary rite of passage and not to be feared, according to Jamaica which is understood to be the third country in the Caribbean to undertake the voluntary audit.

“We in Jamaica found the experience was rewarding and we firmly believe that the audit is not to be feared,” said Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ). “We view the audit as a necessary rite of passage in doing all that is required and possible for remaining a responsible maritime State. Jamaica is pleased to have gone through the process and, based on our experience, we encourage other States to submit to the audit.”

Staff at the Maritime Authority, along with the other Jamaican Government agencies which implement various aspects of the international maritime instruments, embraced the audit process as an additional tool to assist in the their quest for continual improvement. MAJ remains committed to quality and the IMO vision of safe, secure and clean seas.

Rear Admiral Brady advised: “The aim of the audit is to assist us in recognising the things we are doing right and fixing the things which can be improved. It is best that we do it now while the scheme is voluntary as, in a number of years, it will become mandatory in a different form. Those of us who opt to take up the challenge now will be ahead of the game.”

Auditors from the United States, Panama and Spain carried out the VIMSAS audit at the MAJ’s Kingston headquarters, making mandatory visits to other responsible agencies over a period of 10 days last month.

The MAJ, which earlier this year hosted a five-day VIMSAS workshop in Kingston under the IMO/Singapore Third Country Training Programme, will now use its experience to assist other Flag States, in the region and globally, to undertake the VIMSAS audit.

Jamaica Adds Its Voice To Campaign Against Piracy

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica, and other key players in the country’s shipping industry, have spoken out in support of the need for more effective international measures to tackle piracy and added its voice to calls for greater resources to rid the high seas of this increasing threat.

Speaking at a high profile luncheon in Kingston to mark World Maritime Day (September 29th 2011), MAJ Director General Rear, Admiral Peter Brady, said: “We join the rest of the world in solidarity towards ridding international shipping of piracy.”

Jamaica has not escaped the effects of piracy. As a Flag State (through the Jamaica Ship Registry) it regularly has vessels transiting the Gulf of Aden carrying bulk and other cargoes. Last year the Jamaican-flagged bulk carrier Miltiades was attacked 130 miles off the coast of Yemen by several pirates carrying AK-47 weapons who had approached the vessel from a skiff. MAJ Legal Director Bertrand Smith reported: “The quick action of the Master and crew was able to repel the attack with no injuries or deaths.”

In addition Jamaica is an important crew supply nation working with the Caribbean Maritime Institute to provide quality training of Masters, Chief Engineers and other marine officers. Earlier this year two Jamaican seafarers were assaulted by criminals who boarded their vessel off the coast of Benin. Mr Smith said: “The growth of the CMI has resulted in many young Jamaican women and men gainfully employed in internationally trading ships, some of which transit the Gulf of Aden and other high risk areas.”

In fact one CMI graduate, who recently transited the Indian Ocean, told the MAJ: “Piracy is one of my biggest fears. I hear too many stories about hijacking and kidnapping for months and that hurts my head when I think about it.”

Rear Admiral Brady said: “We have just cause to join the IMO and the international shipping community in the call for measures to protect international trade by sea. Jamaica supports the various recommendations and guidance developed by the IMO in conjunction with its partners in the international shipping community in an effort to prepare ships’ crews to counter the attacks by pirates. At the same time we laud the efforts of the IMO to develop public awareness to the scourge of piracy, while encouraging countries most equipped to assist by lending their resources to counter piracy.”

Jamaica Ship Registry Appoints China Agent

The Jamaica Ship Registry (JSR) is pleased to announce it has appointed Mr Tang Shu Jia of IBS China, to be its Representative in Northern and Southern China and Taiwan.

Mr Tang, who has many years of ship registration experience, is supported by Jessie Zou and Elaine Yu who both also boast considerable experience in the registration of ships.

The new Representative will compliment the efforts of JSR’s Asian Regional Office, which is headed by Dr Aloysius Tay, Jamaica’s Trade Commissioner in Singapore. Mr Tang’s appointment signals the further expansion of Jamaica in the Asian region and follows the appointment of Captain Say Eng Sin (GMAPS Inspection & Survey Services Pte Ltd) last year as representative in Singapore and Greater Asia. Capt. Say is assisted by Jenn Lee.

Seymour Harley, JSR Registrar General of Ships, said: “The JSR is optimistic of the prospects for its growth and expansion in Asia. We welcome Mr Tang and his team and look forward to a successful and enjoyable collaboration.”

In addition, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica has appointed both the Isthmus Bureau of Shipping (IBS), a Panamanian company, and GMAPS Inspection & Survey Services Pte Limited as its technical representative. IBS will conduct surveys on vessels and issue certain technical certificates to those vessels on behalf of the MAJ. IBS China will also be Jamaica’s technical representative in China, as is GMAPS in Singapore.

A complete listing of JSR’s Registration and Technical Representatives may be viewed at its website: www.jamaicaships.com

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Maritime Authority Of Jamaica Moves Closer To The Sea

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica has a new head office – right on the waterfront in Kingston.

Customers of the MAJ and Jamaica Flag Registry are set to benefit from the new location which is also closer to the Maritime Training Institute and only seven minutes from the Port of Kingston. The MAJ says its new offices will allow for greater accessibility to the MAJ by its customers and will better enable the MAJ to serve its market.

Seymour Harley, Registrar General of Ships, said: “We are delighted that we are exactly one minute’s walk – I timed it! – from a vessel docked along the waterfront. Previously we were located in the heart of the uptown business district with only ‘peephole’ views of the harbour through skyscrapers. Now the Maritime Authority is situated where it should be – by the sea.”

The new address is:
The Office Centre Building
2nd Floor
12 Ocean Boulevard
Kingston
Jamaica, West Indies

Tel: + 1 876 967 1060 65
Fax: + 1 876 922 5765

The website address remains: www.jamaicaships.com

All staff email addresses remain unchanged as do those for the organisation:
Ship Registry: registrar@jamaicaships.com
Technical: safety@jamaicaships.com
MAJ: maj@jamaicaships.com

Jamaicans Benefit From Global Education

Jamaican seafarers and the country’s whole maritime sector are benefiting from the country’s close association with The World Maritime University (WMU).

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady says: “Our administrators, policy makers and indeed seafarers are improving their knowledge and technical capacity by attending courses at the WMU and then bringing their new skills and experience back to the Caribbean to the benefit of our maritime industries. Together they are helping us achieve safer, cleaner and more secure seas, and contributing to the development of our maritime administrations and industries through their enhanced capacity and academic training.”

Returning from the 29th regular session of the WMU Board of Governors in Malmö, Sweden, chaired by the University’s Chancellor, IMO Secretary-General, Mr. Efthimios Mitropoulos, Admiral Brady reports that under a new Charter with a new President and tighter Board of Governors with renewed thrust, assisted by new institutional arrangements, the World Maritime University is seeking to improve its financial position and raise its global profile higher by increasing the fellowships for the core MSc programmes, strengthening the research-based activities and extending its outreach with relevant Professional Development Courses.

Over a period of 25 years a total of 27 Jamaicans have graduated with masters degrees from the university. They serve in various senior maritime and executive capacities in Government and in the commercial sector, at the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Caribbean Maritime Institute, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, the Jamaica Defence Force, the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and commercial law firms, while many others have migrated and are now serving in the Governments and maritime industries of several CARICOM States.

Adm. Brady has been a member of the WMU Board for four years. At this, the second meeting of the Board since the governance arrangements at the University were updated through the revision of its Charter, (effective from 1 January 2010), the governors welcomed the improvement in the University’s budgetary position and approved three plans drawn up by the University to guide its future development. The Board approved, as working documents, three plans drawn up by the University to guide its future development: a Strategic Vision Plan, 2010-2015; a Development Plan, 2011-2013 (which includes plans for the relocation of the University to a larger, state-of-the-art building provided by the City of Malmö); and a Business Plan for 2011 and 2012 (which includes much-improved financial modelling tools to support the effective management of the University’s limited resources).
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Notes To Editors:
• The World Maritime University has established an excellent reputation as the global centre for advanced education, training and research for specialist personnel from the international maritime community. More than 3,000 alumni and graduates from 157 countries and territories, including Jamaica, maintain close links both with the University and among themselves, thereby encouraging and facilitating the highest practicable standards in maritime safety and security and the prevention and control of pollution of the marine environment.
• The University has an international Board of Governors, composed of representatives of different governmental, industry, labour and educational bodies. Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, is a member of the Board of Governors.

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