Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica has been awarded the prestigious International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Themed Award for World Maritime Day 2015 “Maritime education and training”, sponsored by the China Classification Society, at the 27th Seatrade Awards Ceremony.
Admiral Brady was recognized for his dedicated work in the field of maritime training. He chaired the IMO Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) Sub Committee for almost 10 years and was Chairman of the Committee of the Whole at the Diplomatic Conference in Manila, Philippines, which amended the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Convention and STCW Code for Seafarers.
Admiral Brady has been involved in the training of students at the World Maritime University in Sweden for several years, where he is currently a member of the Board of Governors and a visiting lecturer.
He is also a former member of the Board of Management at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and has lectured at Dalhousie University on Maritime Security and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
As the head of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, which has academic and regulatory oversight for the delivery of high quality comprehensive nautical and marine engineering training at the CMI, he has ensured that policies and systems are in place for the continuous monitoring of the standards of training.
Additionally, he ensures that the quality of examinations which are set by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica are consistent with the standards required by the STCW Convention for which Jamaica is a “white listed” country. This has resulted in seafarers trained at CMI having an excellent performance record internationally.
Over 350 leaders of the global maritime industry and dignitaries attended the awards dinner at London’s Guild Hall. Admiral Brady was presented with a unique handcrafted trophy by the Guest of Honour Koji Sekimizu, Secretary-General of the IMO.
Praising the STW team he led, and also the IMO secretariat for their excellent preparation of the Manila recommendations, Rear Admiral Brady said: “This recognition brings great pride and esteem not only to me personally but also to Jamaica and indeed the Caribbean Region. To be sharing the stage tonight among some of the world’s prominent maritime leaders redounds also to Jamaica as an emerging maritime State. It was very important to me to be able to play a part in improving the training and standards of seafarers around the world and to make these standards consistent with the latest technologies. I thank the Maritime Authority of Jamaica and the IMO in particular for giving me this opportunity.”