MAJ Deputy Director General elected Vice-Chair of Implementation of IMO Instruments Sub-Committee

Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Deputy Director General Claudia Grant has been elected Vice-Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments.

This appointment brings much recognition to Jamaica and the MAJ and it signals the commitment Jamaica offers to the implementation of International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations and conventions. On a whole it is good for Jamaica, the Caribbean, and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Ms Grant’s election was met with overwhelming support from many member States represented at the fourth session of the meeting of the Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments held in London, from September 25th to 29th, 2017.

Ms Grant said: “This election is a personal privilege for me, but more so for Jamaica. It shows the confidence the IMO reposes in us, and our ability to support the work of this Sub-Committee. This has increased or value among member States of the IMO in terms of Jamaica’s ability.

“I can strongly say Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady blazed the trail as the Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica. Delegates speak highly of him and of Jamaica in the role he played and continues to play as Jamaica’s principal representative at IMO.”

Earlier this year Mr Brady was appointed Jamaica’s Special Envoy to the IMO.

Jamaica has been a part of this Sub-Committee since the MAJ’s establishment in 2001 and Ms Grant has been the Jamaican delegate to attend these meetings for some 15 years.

She said: “At that time it was named Flag State Implementation Sub-Committee which deals with implementation of IMO instruments involving Port and coastal State and flag State responsibilities.

“As Jamaica’s maritime administration, the MAJ has always considered this an important Sub-Committee to be a part of.  As a maritime State, it keeps us abreast of standards being developed. Our participation helps to ensure that we are on the cutting edge of implementations our ships and country need, as we remain aware of international requirements.”

The Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) brings together flag, port and coastal States to consider implementation issues, including the analysis of consolidated audit summary reports from the mandatory IMO Member State Audit Scheme.

The Sub-Committee has a key role in casualty analysis and issuing lessons learned from marine incidents. The Sub-Committee receives and analyses port State control data and keeps under review the procedures for port State control.

Guidelines for survey and certification including the survey guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification (HSSC) also come under the remit of this Sub-Committee.

Ms Grant is also the founding president of the Women in Maritime Association Caribbean (WiMAC) which was established in 2015. She was re-elected as president at the Association’s first Annual General Meeting held in Cayman Islands in 2016.