Big names in local and regional shipping for CMI’s Hall of Fame
The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has inducted into its Hall of Fame members of the regional shipping fraternity who have made outstanding contributions.
At its annual graduation and awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Conference Centre, the maritime training body specially recognised the work of the late Francis 'Paco' Kennedy, who served the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) as president from 1987-1988 and again in 1992. He was a second-generation Kennedy who has served the SAJ; his father, Luis Frederick Kennedy, was a founding father of the association. The posthumous award for outstanding contribution to the CMI and the development of the Jamaican shipping industry was received by his widow, Marjory Kennedy.
Among the other inductees was Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester, who was recognised for outstanding service to the CMI and to the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), where she served as its first female president. Robertson-Sylvester is the CEO of Seaboard Jamaica Limited and a member of the managing committee of the SAJ.
Stephen Bell, regional vice-president of Seaboard Marine Limited, received recognition for development of the Caribbean shipping industry. He is Group 'C' chairman on the CSA's General Council. Stephen Bell represents the interests of shipping owners and operators in the region.
Roland Malins-Smith was also inducted into the CMI Hall of Fame for his contributions to the development of the Caribbean shipping industry. Malins-Smith founded regional shipping line Seafreight Line Ltd and Seafreight Agencies Inc, and served the CSA as president of Group C more than once.
Barbados Port Inc was specially recognised for being the CMI's top international training partner. That award was received by Michael Thornhill, president of the Shipping Association of Barbados.