Maritime Awareness Week: Focus on Modern-Day Piracy

September 26 to September 29 is declared as Maritime Awareness Week. During this week, Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will be drawing world’s attention to the problems of piracy to the maritime industry.

According to Mr. Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director of the CMI, the population of pirates counts two million. He also added that the students at the CMI are trained in dealing with any incidents that may occur while working in the shipping industry, including piracy. The institute will continue to produce superlative graduates, who are ready to work in any situation, he added.

Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of IMO, while launching the World Maritime Day theme on February 3 said that piracy and kidnapping have been destroying the maritime community since long and seafarers are the ones who bear the impact. According to him, there were 286 piracy related attacks or incidences off the coast of Somalia, the capital of pirates, in the past 12 months. But he said, it is difficult to retain the marine engineers in shipping companies as they are being called and absorbed into the power and telecommunications sectors.

While encouraging the young generation to join Maritime Industry, Vivette Grant, Deputy Executive Director at the CMI informed that Maritime Awareness Week will enlighten the future students about various interesting facets of the shipping industry and related careers. CMI’s headquarters at Norman Manley Highway, Palisadoes Park carries out guided tours, simulated exercises performed by cadets, and video presentations to help the young generation know more about career and life in shipping industry.

While talking about CMI’s goal, she said that CMI is dedicated to produce industry-ready graduates, law abiding and disciplined leaders. CMI will continue to promote good work ethics and best practises in the maritime and logistics sectors, Mrs. Grant added.

Image Credit: U.S. Navy photo by Cmdr. Michael Junge

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