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image010The 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 on November 10, 2016, the maritime training body specially recognised the contributions of 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 Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ).

Photo: CMI Honours SAJ and CSA members From left: Michael Bernard, Marc Sampson, Fritz Pinnock, William Brown, Stephen Bell, Michael Thornhill, Corah Ann Robertson Sylvester and Malins-Smith at the CMI's graduation and awards ceremony held in Kingston.

Stephen Bell, regional vice-president of Seaboard Marine Limited, received recognition for development of the Caribbean shipping industry. He recently served as Group 'C' chairman on the CSA's General Council.

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. He was also honoured by the CSA at its Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference in Cocoa Beach, Florida in May this year.

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.

Francis 'Paco' Kennedy, who served the SAJ as president from 1987-1988 and again in 1992 was also specially recognised. 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.

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