Maritime Authority of Jamaica’s (MAJ) Director General Rear Admiral Peter Brady has been elected as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmo, Sweden.
The appointment has been welcomed by Jamaica’s maritime community as recognition for the MAJ’s focus on training and the Admiral’s crucial role within the international shipping sector.
Rear Admiral Brady was first appointed to the Board of Governors of the WMU in 2008, having served as a visiting lecturer between 2003 and 2004. He has been a serving member on the WMU Board of Governors since 2007.
Admiral Peter Brady said: “This recognition is good for Jamaica’s reputation as a Maritime State and confirms its status as a member of Council of the IMO in Category C”.
The appointment took place at the second Extra–Ordinary meeting of the WMU, held at the University in Malmo, Sweden on 30th October, 2015.
Rear Admiral Brady has chaired the IMO’s sub-committee on Standard of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) ,(the international body that sets out the qualification standards for Masters, Chief Engineers, Officers and Watch personnel on seagoing merchant vessels), for almost 10 years. Additionally, as Chairman of the Committee-of-the-Whole, he presided over the Diplomatic Conference in Manila, Philippines in June 2010, where the major amendments of the STCW Convention and Codes were adopted.
He lectured at the Dalhousie University, Canada on Maritime Security and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. He was also instrumental in the training and implementation of the ISPS Code in Jamaica, which came into force on 1st July, 2004.
In May 2015, he was awarded the prestigious IMO Themed Award for World Maritime Day 2015, at the Seatrade Awards Ceremony in London.
The WMU is a postgraduate maritime university, founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organisation, the United Nations specialized agency responsible for the safety and security of international shipping and the prevention of pollution by ships. The WMU, which offers both master’s and doctoral degrees, carries out the objectives and goals of the IMO and IMO member states around the world, through education, research and capacity building.
The university is accountable to the IMO Secretary-General, Council and Assembly as well as to an international Board of Governors, with representatives from various countries. Since its establishment, WMU has trained over 30 graduates from Jamaica and the Caribbean. Most of the Jamaican graduates occupy senior positions in the public and private shipping sector in Jamaica.