Minister of Energy Shines Spotlight on The Caribbean Maritime Sector

Huge global manpower shortage presents local opportunity

Boca Raton, FL, Aug 12, 2021: The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) in partnership with The University of Trinidad and Tobago hosted the Annual Maritime Link-up webinar for Caribbean youth yesterday under the patronage of the Minister Stuart R. Young, Minister of Energy and Energy Services.

Highlighting the archipelagic nature of the Caribbean in international trade, and Trinidad’s role in the supporting offshore energy sector, Minister Young called for an increase in the training of local Trinidadians and Caribbean nationals to take up jobs on seafaring vessels or in shore-based operations.   

“As the development of the hydrocarbon industries of countries such as Guyana and Suriname picks up, it is expected that the demand for a range of maritime services will follow suit”, the Minister said.

“There is a projected shortage of almost 90,000 officers by 2026 to take up these critical jobs”, remarked Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, President of the ACMF, which funds scholarships for Caribbean nationals embarking on maritime studies, including students at The University of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica, and the LJM Maritime Academy in The Bahamas.

Minister Young called for “increased collaboration between the industry and training institutions to address the manpower shortage, and to provide trained personnel with the skillsets required by the industry”. 

Keynoting the event attended by well over a hundred attendees from across the Caribbean was Alyse Lisk, Senior Vice President of Technology and Operational Excellence, at TOTE Marine, who focused her talk on port cyber security. 


Assistant Professor Vivian Rambarath-Parasram
Director & Head |MTCC Caribbean, Centre for Maritime and Ocean Studies 
The University of Trinidad and Tobago
Tel: (868) 642-8888/223-4888 Ext. 22014|Mobile: (868) 290-3212

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