Authority's Director General Chairs STW Sub-Committee
Maritime Authority of Jamaica continues to contribute to important decision
making at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that seeks to
positively influence world shipping.
was again realized when Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of
the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), was once more unanimously elected
to chair the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) 37th Session
of the Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) Sub-Committee to
be held in January 2006.
be the fourth time that Admiral Brady will be chairing this prestigious
committee, having chaired twice before while holding the position of
Vice-Chair and this year as Chairman, having been elected in 2004 to
oversee the 36th Session just completed.
am very appreciative of the confidence that the rest of the world has
shown in Jamaica's ability to competently guide these important deliberations
by electing us to be the Chair for two consecutive years. Prior to being
elected as chair I was Vice-Chair for two years, but had to actually
act as Chair due to the unavoidable absence of the then elected chairman."
Peter Brady explained.
Jamaica is signatory to the STCW Convention which guides the training
of seafarers attending the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), the training
institution for Jamaican and Caribbean seafarers. The MAJ has oversight
for the academic standards required by the STCW Convention and remains
vigilant in ensuring that these standards are maintained.
the main agenda items discussed at the 36th session included matters
relating to passenger ship safety; measures to enhance maritime security
training and certification requirements; development of training requirements
for the control and management of ships, ballast water and sediments;
development of competence for ratings validation of IMO model courses,
and unlawful practices associated with certificates of competency.
delegation to the meeting also included Captain Winston Chin, Surveyor
at the MAJ.