Coaltrans Global 2021Sailors SocietyVan AalstCimbriaThe Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology TBA Group
  • Port of Stockton
  • Cimbria
  • TOC Events
  • Coaltrans Global 2021
  • Port of South Louisiana
  • TBA Group

Seafaring attractive option for all genders

(Posted on 10/12/20)

The Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is delighted to announce that the popularity of its Maritime Cadet Corps continues unabated, despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 throughout much of the past year. More significant still is the high number of female cadets signing up for the three-year programme.

The number of females joining the corps underlines the success of World Maritime Day 2019’s theme of ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’. The split to date in students enrolling for the 2020/2022 course stands at 65% female and 35% male. It is also clear evidence that the United Nations Substainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 – Gender Equality (Achieve Gender Equality and Empower all Women and Girls) – is gaining traction in The Bahamas. And it is not simply the quantity of girls that is significant, as five of the top seven cadets of the 2019/2020 intake were female, spread across both the deck and engineering competence.

BMA Managing Director and CEO, Captain Dwain Hutchinson, said: “Capacity building for the future is a BMA mandate and a key goal for our Corporate Social Responsibility and The Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corps (BMCC) plays a vital role in our efforts to achieve that. We are all particularly pleased to see that female students are signing up in high numbers and are more than demonstrating their competence and capability to be employed in this sector.”

The BMCC gives Bahamian high school students from grades 10 – 12 the opportunity to experience training in areas such as seamanship, shipboard operation, coastal navigation, fire-fighting, basic first aid and survival skills. Practical shipboard experience and in-kind support is provided by the Bahamas Shipowners Association, individual shipowners and Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF).

In November 2020 the cadets took a field trip on board the RBDF craft HMBS Kamalamee during its port call in Ingua, Bahamas.

“The BMA is very grateful to the Captain and crew of the HMBS Kamalamee for giving the students this amazing opportunity – receiving practical exposure to some of the aspects of seamanship and ship handling that they had learned about in the classroom has deepened their understanding of shipboard life. We are all delighted to see that there is still widespread interest in joining our profession – the cadets of today are the mariners of tomorrow,” adds Clayton Curtis, BMCC Coordinator.

Latest News

BHP, Oldendorff and GoodFuels complete biofuel trial

(Posted on 15/04/21)

Global resources company BHP, German shipping company Oldendorff Carriers, and advanced biofuels pioneer... Read more


Swedish Club pairs with CWA to reduce claims

(Posted on 15/04/21)

The Swedish Club has partnered with industry leading cargo consultants, CWA International, to develop... Read more


ICS Launches new drug trafficking guidelines

(Posted on 15/04/21)

Criminal gangs are increasingly exploiting merchant shipping to traffic large volumes of illicit drugs... Read more


New security guidance from ICS

(Posted on 11/04/21)

As recent news reports highlight, the shipping industry continues to face threats such as piracy, kidnapping... Read more


Algoma takes delivery of latest Equinox Class bulker

(Posted on 06/04/21)

Algoma Central Corporation, a leading supplier of marine transportation services, has announced that... Read more


Wavespec announces management buyout

(Posted on 06/04/21)

Wavespec, as the last technical entity within Braemar Shipping Services Plc, has announced that it is... Read more


Vaccination lottery for dry bulk sector

(Posted on 31/03/21)

INTERCARGO believes that, once again seafarers are falling victim to the lack of focus and joined up... Read more


Suez demonstrates importance of shipping

(Posted on 28/03/21)

As efforts to refloat the Ever Given continue, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has released... Read more


GTMaritime moves to employee ownership

(Posted on 28/03/21)

GTMaritime has announced that it has transitioned its business to an Employee Owned Trust (EOT), in... Read more


Joint research on autonomous ships risk

(Posted on 28/03/21)

Leading classification society ClassNK has begun joint investigative research with Sompo Japan Insurance... Read more


Cleveland Cascades LtdTOC EventsViganPort of South LouisianaBühler GmbHPort of Stockton
  • Cleveland Cascades Ltd
  • Vigan
  • Bühler GmbH
  • Telestack
  • Sailors Society

Subscribe to our newsletter

Keep up to date with the latest global news in bulk cargo handling and shipping