Two young people were among eight awardees recognised today as Barbados began observing Maritime Week, with acting Prime Minister, Richard Sealy, describing seafarers as “unheralded champions of the nation”.
Caribbean Maritime Institute student, Kayode Branch, and Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic student, Teryck Haynes, received the Minister’s Prize for Outstanding Performance in Maritime Studies.
The awards were presented during a luncheon at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, which followed a morning service at the New Testament Church of God on River Road.
“We must also remember the fact that they too are unsung heroes that helped build this country,” Sealy told the congregation.
“Communities throughout Barbados, so many lovely bungalows were constructed on the basis of money that was earned on the water in the ’60s and the ’70s … people who left here as teenagers and come back as men.”
He noted that as a small highly import-dependent island, over 90 per cent of Barbados’ supplies are received by sea vessels, “and everyone should know that we have seafarers that are putting life and limb at risk in order that we can eat”.
Sealy said it was therefore important that more young people are encouraged to consider a maritime career.
The week of activities to mark the observance is organized by the International Transport Division of the Ministry of Tourism, under the theme ‘Maritime Education and Training’. (GA)