Caribbean Maritime University commits to investing in Port Royal

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) says it will continue to invest in Port Royal as it seeks to return the seaside town to its former glory and enable the area to contribute in a significant way to the country's gross domestic product.

CMU President, Professor Fritz Pinnock, made the commitment as he addressed a service of thanksgiving in commemoration of Maritime Awareness Week at the St Peter's Anglican Church in the historic town on Sunday (September 23).

“The overall goal of the university is to transform the town into the economically vibrant place it once was… through education and training,” he said.

Pinnock said that the CMU will be reserving scholarships for qualified residents to pursue programmes of study at the university, thus ensuring that they are part of the process of change. He said that the university will also be assisting the community to transform a football field into a stadium to promote wholesome extracurricular activities, and will continue to support the Royal Basic School, which it has adopted.

The university has established a campus in the town that offers degree programmes in customs, freight forwarding and immigration; employed residents during the refurbishing of the campus and offered free Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) classes to residents.

Through public-private partnership, the CMU has established a residential facility for students at the old Admiralty House in Port Royal, which has enhanced economic activity in the town.

The area was dubbed the most economically important English port in the Americas in the 17th century.

The physical features of Port Royal made it a strategic location, with flat topography, safe and protected geographic space, and deep waters close to shore, making it easy for the servicing of large ships in port.

Maritime Awareness Week is being observed from September 23 to 28 under the theme 'IMO 70: Better Shipping for a better future in recognition of the 70th anniversary of the International Maritime Organisation'.

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