Admiral Peter Brady elected as Chair of the STW Sub-Committee
35th session of the IMO STW Sub-Committee Meeting, which concluded on
30 January 2004, Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the MAJ,
who, as vice-chairman of the Sub-Committee, chaired its 35th session,
was unanimously elected as Chairman for the year 2005.
Maritime Organization's (IMO) Sub-Committee on Standards of Training
and Watchkeeping (STW) which functions as the rule making body for the
International Convention for the Standards of Training, Certification
and Watchkeeping (STCW Convention) held its 35th Session at the IMO
26-30 January 2004.
is a signatory of the STCW Convention and is among a list of select
member countries who are on the so called "white list" of
countries that have been recognized as giving full and complete effect
to the provisions of the Convention. The Maritime Authority of Jamaica
(MAJ), which is the focal point for the IMO, is an active member of
the STW Sub-Committee which meets annually in London to review, update
and recommend new rules, standards, regulations and guidance to marine
administrations and mariners around the world. The MAJ also has oversight
for the Caribbean Maritime Institute's (CMI) academic standards required
by the STCW Convention.
agenda this year included the matters concerning competencies, training
and certification related to the very topical measures to enhance maritime
security which Jamaica, and all States which carry out international
trade by sea, will have to have in place by the deadline of 01 July
2004. Among the other major agenda items were: unlawful practices associated
with certificates of competency, measures to prevent accidents with
lifeboats and matters concerning large passenger ship safety, namely,
delegation to the Conference comprised representatives from the MAJ
and the CMI. Admiral Brady's appointment represents a milestone for
the history of Jamaica's participation at the IMO as this is the first
time that a Jamaican has been elected to one of the permanent bodies
of the Organization. He was elected by acclamation by the over seventy
(70) member states in attendance at the meeting, after his nomination
was proposed and seconded by Canada and Japan respectively.
Feb. 9, 2004.