Royal Caribbean International Chief Touts Caribbean Talent

Michael Bayley, President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International, Keynotes Anchor Awards Gala highlighting crewing talent opportunities in the Caribbean. 

Join Tropical Shipping, Presenting Sponsor; and Royal Caribbean International; Seacor Island Lines, Kestrel Group, Carnival Corporation and PLC, and others in celebrating the Caribbean’s foremost maritime training institution, the Caribbean Maritime University, based in Jamaica. Under the banner, “Talent in your backyard”, the ACMF Anchor Awards and Gala is on Thursday, November 2nd, 5:30p at the Lauderdale Yacht Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

About the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF)

The ACMF is a U.S. non-profit tax-exempt organization, and is the only entity solely dedicated to sponsoring academic scholarships and grants to aspiring Caribbean and CARICOM seafarers.  The Foundation partners with five academic institutions within the CARICOM: Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica; LJM Maritime Academy in The Bahamas; MatPal Marine Institute and Atlantic Alliance Off-Shore Marine Institute in Guyana; and the University of Trinidad and Tobago.  To date, the AMCF has funded one hundred forty-two full tuition scholarships and grants for students from Jamaica, Guyana, The Bahamas, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominican Republic, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Grenada.  The ACMF has donated dozens of laptops to help students study remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic; funded emergency grants to students at risk of dropping out due to loss of family income during the pandemic; created an online jobs board (; and helped build a 100-person capacity Lecture Hall. 

The ACMF also hosts an annual Caribbean regionwide webinar, the Maritime Link-Up Webinar, in partnership with CARICOM, attended by hundreds of students to promote maritime careers. Under the leadership of Rick Murrell, President and CEO of Saltchuk, the ACMF’s sea-time initiative for cadets, identifies and funds internship opportunities on vessels to enable cadets to achieve the last bit of training necessary before they can take up permanent jobs at sea.  

About the Anchor Awards 

The Anchor Awards gala is the seminal Caribbean-focused maritime gala celebration in Florida.  The annual event honors stalwarts of the industry.  Our donors are critical to achieving our mission to transform lives through maritime education.  In addition to cruise and cargo companies, and their suppliers, the black-tie event draws diplomats and government officials, and brings together ACMF scholars for an opportunity to meet industry professionals.  

Contact: Geneive Brown Metzger, LLD Hon., President 



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