Monday 19 October, 2020

CARICOM students to benefit from webinars promoting maritime education

The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF), in association with the Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities, and CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, is hosting a series of webinars to promote maritime education and job opportunities in shipping and logistics, arguably one of the most important sectors in the Caribbean economy.

The first in the series of sessions is scheduled for August 19 and will be held under the theme Maritime Linkup: Beyond Borders Webinars.

Subsequent sessions are scheduled for September 9 and 23 and October 7 and 21.

The five-part webinar series focused on connecting Caribbean youth with educational and professional opportunity in the maritime sector and blue economy, is free to students and educators. 

The series will feature the top brass of some of the biggest cargo and cruise brands.

Among those slated to present are:

  • Captain Remy Vyzelman, President of Integra Marine & Freight Services/DP World
  • Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International
  • Juan Carlos Croston, President of Caribbean Shipping Association 
  • Rick Sasso, Chairman MSC Cruises USA; and Rick Murrell, Retired Chairman of Tropical Shipping. 

According to Chair of CANTA, Pauline Whiteman, the opportunity to partner with the ACMF to plan, promote and deliver a series of webinars on maritime prospects for the youth of the Caribbean is historic.

Commenting on the collaboration with Caribbean partners, ACMF President Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger said: “The ACMF values the opportunity to work with CANTA and the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors, and looks forward to collaborating on other projects to engage more of our youth in this vital sector”. 

The ACMF will fund a full-tuition scholarship, namely the ACMF CANTA Scholarship, which is to be awarded at the final webinar on 21 October. 

The recipient, who must have attended the first three webinars, will have the opportunity to study at one of the ACMF academic partners—the Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica or the University of Trinidad and Tobago. 

The ACMF CANTA Scholarships application can be downloaded at the ACMF website. 

Established in 2016, the ACMF is a non-profit tax-exempt organization based in New York that funds scholarships and grants for Caribbean students to study logistics and maritime at any of its three academic partners: The Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica, University of Trinidad and Tobago, and the LJM Maritime Academy in The Bahamas. 

It is the only entity of its kind and since its inception has funded 13 scholarships and grants, and raised a Lecture Hall at the Caribbean Maritime University. 

Eight of its scholarship recipients are graduating in 2020 with Bachelor’s Degrees. 

ACMF also hosts the annual Anchor Awards honoring leaders in the maritime industry. 

The 2020 Anchor Award honorees are Win Thurber, Chairman of Norton Lilly International; and Rick Sasso, Chairman of MSC Cruises USA.

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