MARAD officers excel at Caribbean shipping programme
Two officers from the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) successfully attended the Caribbean Ship Inspector Training (CASIT) programme, which was held between October 29 and November 16, 2018, in Trinidad and Tobago.
Sherry-Ann Wilson and Trey Simon serve in the capacity of Port State Control Officer/Marine Pilot Trainee and Marine Officer respectively at the Ports and Harbours division.
Among the 40 persons from 13 Caribbean Member States and four territories who participated in the programme, the Guyanese emerged at the top in performance and evaluation sessions which will prepare participants for the diploma course that
is offered online.
Wilson gained 100 per cent while Simon achieved 93 per cent in their respective evaluations.
The CASIT programme is designed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to train Flag and Port State Inspectors. This training helps to ensure that ship standards are maintained, and that there is compliance with international codes and regulations, also, with the aim of reducing accidents and marine pollution.
The programme was aimed at preparing participants to function in their respective administrations as Flag State and Port State Officers. Trainees will be able to perform Flag State Inspections (FSI) on all ships under 24 metres in length and carry out annual and renewal surveys on vessels up to 500 Gross Tonnage (GT).