The Maritime Effect

The Maritime Effect is a conversation series about the role that the maritime sector plays in Caribbean regional economy, and its potential to address developmental challenges, such as poverty, gender inequity, unemployment, and attract investment. It is also a documentary record of Caribbean Maritime elders in their own words. The host is a former Jamaican Consul General and President of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF).

Join Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger for a conversation with Prof. Gordon Shirley, former Jamaican Ambassador to the U.S., and Chairman of the Port Authority of Jamaica about port development in the Caribbean—with a focus on Jamaica, and how the country is exploiting its unique assets and becoming more competitive in the regional and global supply chain. Jamaica has 10 ports and receives much traffic from shipping containers due to its strategic location in the Caribbean Sea and being the central shipping lane to the Panama Canal. Its popularity is also due to the relative proximity to large markets in North America and the emerging markets in Latin America. Professor Shirley is also Chairman of GraceKennedy & Co. Ltd., the largest Caribbean-owned food processing and distribution company in the region. He is also chairman of the Caribbean Maritime University.

A conversation with Kathy J. Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America, about her career, and that of women in general, in the shipping industry—opportunities and challenges.

Guest: Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General, Maritime Authority of Jamaica In this inaugural episode of The Maritime Effect with Geneive Brown Metzger, Rear Admiral Peter highlights the Caribbean, its role in the global cargo and cruise industry, and the impact of the pandemic on the regional shipping industry. He also discusses the importance of maritime education in the Caribbean and the advocacy within the region for more women to enter the sector.