The MAJ turns 16!

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THE MAR­ITIME Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica (MAJ) is cel­e­brat­ing 16 years of ser­vice to Ja­maica this year! In­sti­tu­tion­alised by the Ship­ping Act of 1998, the MAJ is the im­ple­ment­ing body for the con­ven­tions of the United Na­tion’s spe­cialised agency for in­ter­na­tional ship­ping, the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IMO), of which Ja­maica is a mem­ber state.

The Mar­itime Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica con­tin­ues to play a sig­nif­i­cant role in en­sur­ing that the lo­cal mar­itime in­dus­try is safe, se­cure, and ef­fi­cient as it op­er­ates in com­pli­ance with the ma­jor IMO con­ven­tions, in­clud­ing the Stan­dards of Train­ing, Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and Watch­keep­ing Con­ven­tion. The au­thor­ity reg­u­lates nav­i­ga­tion within Ja­maica’s legally recog­nised mar­itime space, which means that they over­see ves­sels that sail Ja­maican wa­ters to en­sure that they ob­serve the re­quire­ments for safety, se­cu­rity and pol­lu­tion pre­ven­tion.

The au­thor­ity has much to cel­e­brate, par­tic­u­larly in 2017. In Fe­bru­ary of this year, the di­rec­tor gen­eral of the MAJ, Rear Ad­mi­ral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, was ap­pointed as Ja­maica’s spe­cial en­voy to the IMO. He is to spear­head Ja­maica’s strat­egy for elec­tion to the coun­cil by lob­by­ing for Ja­maica’s can­di­da­ture to Cat­e­gory C of the coun­cil of the or­gan­i­sa­tion among 171 coun­tries. This is ex­pected to en­hance the coun­try’s ca­pac­ity to con­trib­ute to ma­jor pol­icy de­lib­er­a­tions, rule-mak­ing, devel­op­ment of stan­dards, as well as to im­ple­ment port, coastal, and flag state obli­ga­tions. Here are some pic­tures of MAJ’s 16th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHO­TOS

Ber­trand Smith re­ceives his award for long ser­vice from chair­per­son of the board of the Mar­itime Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica, Co­rah Ann Robert­son-Sylvester.

Clau­dia Grant (left) re­ceives her award for long ser­vice from Co­rah Ann Robert­son-Sylvester, chair­per­son of the board of the Mar­itime Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica.

Bind­ley Sang­ster, ad­viser to the Min­istry of Trans­port and Min­ing, de­liv­er­ing re­marks on be­half of the min­istry.

Rear Ad­mi­ral Peter Brady, di­rec­tor gen­eral of the Mar­itime Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica, en­joy­ing the 16th an­niver­sary awards cel­e­bra­tions.

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