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CMU honours Johnston, Bells award scholarship

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM
From left: Robert Bell shows the commemorative placque for the Caribbean Maritime University Scholarship which has been established in his name. Right is his son Stephen Bell, Vice President, Seaboard Marine.
From left: University Chancellor His Royal Majesty, Drolor Bosso Adamtey I confers the award of Honourary doctorate on Mr. Charles Johnston, member of the managing committee of the Shipping Association of Jamaica and Chairman of Jamaica Producers Group. at the 2018 Graduation Ceremony of the Caribbean Maritime University which was held on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Jamaica Conference Centre.
From left: Shipping Industry veterans Robert Bell and Stephen Bell conferring the first Robert Bell Award for Outstanding Performance in Port Management to Mr. Gavae Burton. The award was conferred as a part of the Caribbean Maritime University's second annual graduation exercise in November 2018.

The Caribbean Maritime University held its second annual graduation exercise at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 8. The university used the occasion to honour stalwarts in the shipping industry, most notably awarding two honorary doctoral degrees, one to a member of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) .

Charles Johnston, a member of the Shipping Association of Jamaica's managing committee, was awarded the doctor of science in international shipping honoris causa. The citation, which accompanied the award, reads (in part):

"Based on his tremendous contribution to Jamaica's private sector and the impact of these contributions to the shipping industry, his experience and expertise in shipping and logistics and his legacy of sound business management, the CMU is proud to confer upon Charles Johnston, the degree of Doctor of Science in International Shipping, honoris causa, with all the rights and privileges pertaining thereto."

Another highlight of the graduation came as father and son shipping industry veterans Robert and Stephen Bell conferred the first award for outstanding performance port management to Gavae Burton. Burton won the award from a field of candidates who were shortlisted and then interviewed.

The award called the Robert Bell Award, aims to build capacity in the industry by conferring an annual scholarship to a current student of logistics, specializing in port management. The amount of the award will cover tuition. Messrs Bell are both members of the Shipping Association of Jamaica.