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A NEWLY launched digital platform is improving job prospects for graduates from four maritime training institutions in the Caribbean. This initiative by the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) comes as the maritime industry seeks to recover from the far-reaching effects of the COVID 19 pandemic and circumvent further global supply chain disruptions caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The industry fears that current global challenges are exacerbating a chronic shortage of maritime labour, particularly at officer level. However, in developing the CAREX (Caribbean Maritime Career Exchange) platform, the ACMF sees the warning from industry leaders about the increased difficulty in hiring workers presenting opportunities for maritime graduates in the region. .

VIRTUAL MEETING PLACE

The new “job board”, www.ACMF-CAREX.org, provides a dynamic virtual meeting place for potential employees and employers, allowing connected companies to create a profile, post new job vacancies, search and contact candidates. Potential employees visiting the website can upload resumes, browse, and apply for jobs in a wide range of categories, including technology, logistics, engineering, shipping, hospitality, and administration.

The institution is open to graduates of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation’s academic partners, namely Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica, Lowell Jason Mortimer Maritime Academy in the Bahamas, University of Trinidad and Tobago, and MATPAL Marine Institute in Guyana.

“This shows that we have a clear focus on positioning young people in our region to take advantage of the projected shortage of some 90,000 sailors and officers by 2026,” said Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, President and Founder of the ACMF.

Established ACMF donors should be among the most active on the ACMF-CAREX platform. These include Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Arawak Port Development, Nassau Cruise Port, Seacor, Tropical Shipping, and TOTE Maritime, among others.

Established in 2016, the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation provides scholarships and grants and underwrites time at sea for its scholars to prepare them for work in the maritime industry. Its activities extend to the development of infrastructure in the institutions with which it partners and include the funding of classrooms, the provision of essential equipment and mentorship opportunities.

Maritime transport, including by extension the logistics and supply chain industry, is essential for the region. The Caribbean Sea, with its intense maritime traffic, is one of the main waterways of world trade. The Caribbean also plays an important role in cruise tourism, with the region accounting for more than a third of global cruise line deployment before the coronavirus pandemic.

The mission of the ACMF builds on the potential of the maritime industry to contribute substantially to job creation as the basis for economic growth and poverty reduction in the region.

The ACMF highlights the scale and importance of the maritime industry, which has been highlighted even more starkly during the months of the COVID 19 pandemic. Discussions of disruptions and bottlenecks in the global supply chain have become commonplace with pandemic-related lockdowns, border closures, logistical challenges, and equipment and container shortages. Consumers and retailers have been painfully aware of availability issues and escalating prices.

Emphasis was also placed on the level of reliance on cruise shipping for the region with the industry paralyzed, before US-based ships resume service in summer 2021 with strict protocols and modified routes.

Towards the end of 2021, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) made the welcome forecast of 2.4% annual growth in maritime trade between 2022 and 2026, albeit slowing, against 2.9% over the past two decades. However, according to UNCTAD, global shocks threaten the gains made towards recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the path towards sustainable development.

REGIONAL EXPANSION

Nonetheless, the ACMF stresses the timeliness of its ACMF-CAREX launch as the maritime industry looks to post-COVID recovery, and beyond the complex consequences on its operations caused by war in Europe. “Given the industry’s strong roots and well-documented regional expansion potential, we are focused on positioning a thriving maritime industry and more aggressively facilitating the placement of maritime graduates,” says Brown Metzger. .

The Caribbean, Jamaica and the Bahamas in particular, have been alert to growth opportunities related to the expansion of the Panama Canal, continues Brown Metzger. maritime transport and the region’s important role in cruise tourism all demand that we respond firmly to the need for maritime professionals as business and commercial opportunities reopen in the post-COVID era.

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