The six Barbadian nautical cadets who are enrolled at the Caribbean Maritime Institute in Jamaica are making their mark as they pursue studies in the areas of Seamanship, Navigational Watch and Marine Engineering Services. The cadets - Asha Beckles, Jeremy Bovell, Kayode Branch, Shakere Hall, Jeremy O’Dowd and Victor Cooke, are on training scholarships from Barbados Port Inc as part of the company’s succession programme to position adequately trained, young mariners to succeed retiring pilots, tug masters and marine engineers.
The cadets received a surprise visit last week from Kenneth Atherley, the Port’s Divisional Manager, Corporate Development and Strategy. Atherley was in Jamaica as part of a Barbados delegation visiting Jamaica’s container handling port facilities. Members of the delegation took time out to visit the region’s top maritime training institute, which is responsible for training in several port and maritime disciplines. “The investment in capacity building by Barbados Port Inc (BPI) through an extensive training cooperation with the CMI is bearing fruit”, Atherley commented, “and we are impressed with the level of commitment and dedication being displayed by the cadets”. Executive Director of CMI, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, also lauded the performance and dedication of the cadets during their first year, noting that they are currently in the top fifteen of over fifty cadets. During the visit the cadets showed the members of the delegation some of the projects recently completed at the Institute, including building and programming a robot, constructing a solar energy system, and a workshop making LED light bulbs.