Cayman has a rich maritime history – boat building, seafaring, serving in the merchant marine and in various navies, even in times of conflict. The island’s many dedicated and respected seafarers are mostly all the older generation now, with stories of adventures on the high seas and experiences in ports around the world reminiscently told to their grandchildren.
The port of George Town was established as a British port of registry in 1903 and today Cayman has become the most prestigious flag state, and world leader, in the registration of super yachts, although the register also caters to merchant ships, super tankers, container vessels and even submarines.
Cayman Maritime (formally known as the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands), the parent organisation of the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (informally known simply as the Cayman Registry) offers a broad range of career opportunities. For example, a staff of about 30 located at George Town Headquarters, perform vessel registration, crew compliance matters, maritime policy development, accounting, communications, human resources management, information and technology, in addition to surveying and naval architecture, and they often travel across the globe to many of the world’s most exotic ports of call. In addition to the organisation’s George Town Headquarters, there are satellite offices and representatives in nine (9) separate parts of the world (Ft. Lauderdale, the European Regional Office in Southampton, London, Monaco, Italy, Athens, Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo), which give the organisation a highly visible worldwide presence, and the opportunity to satisfy client services needs wherever they may be in a competitively cost-effective manner. Additionally, cross-training amongst all staff members provides other opportunities for travel to those venues, as well as technical fora, and trade shows around the world.
Once again, as it does every year, in its effort to help ensure that the islands’ rich maritime heritage and administration is carried forward into the future, Cayman Maritime, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment is conducting its annual campaign to attract individuals of 18 years of age and up, who demonstrate an interest in maritime affairs, to apply for the scholarship currently being offered. The two organisations are actively seeking dynamic individuals who wish to pursue a rewarding and exciting career in today’s modern-era maritime industry.
Consideration will be given for the pursuit of under-graduate, post-graduate or professional qualifications in the disciplines of naval architecture, marine engineering, marine survey, maritime administration and nautical studies. Further consideration will be given to applicants in related areas such as specialist maritime legal services, human resource management, accounting, information technology and other areas which support the maritime sector. Deadline for the submission of applications is 31 March, 2011.
The following basic requirements are:
- Proof of having been resident in the Cayman Islands for five (5) years prior to application;
- At least 18 years or older (this may be varied at the Council’s discretion in exceptional circumstances)
- Proof of acceptance at a competitively ranked institution;
- A genuine interest in the maritime industry;
- Good interpersonal and communication skills, work ethic and character;
- A commitment to contributing to the development of the local maritime industry through new skills and knowledge acquired, and,
- The personal qualities to benefit from the scholarship and use of it to succeed in the maritime industry.
Further requirements are detailed on the requisite application forms and the Ministry of Education’s “Applying for an Overseas Scholarship” pamphlet, and both may be obtained under “Forms” on the website, www.cishipping.com, by email to Human Resources or by phone at 815-1696.
For further information contact: Corporate Communications