Lok Jack GSB and Trinidad and Tobago Shipbuilding & Repair Maritime Cluster signs MoU

The University of the West Indies, Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (UWI-ALJGSB) together with the Trinidad and Tobago Shipbuilding & Repair Maritime Cluster (TTSR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 25th May, 2016 to undertake maritime project initiatives involving research, the sharing of knowledge and showcase technologies in the context of improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in the maritime sector.

One such initiative involves an Expression of Interest to the International Maritime Organization for the establishment of a regional Maritime Technical Cooperation Centre (MTCC) for the benefit of International Maritime Organization (IMO) 14-Member Caribbean States, of which Trinidad and Tobago is a signatory country. This forms part of an ambitious project to establish a global network of Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres (MTCCs) in developing countries, thanks to a €10 million funding contribution from the European Union. This project will be coordinated by IMO’s Marine Environment Division through a dedicated unit at IMO headquarters in London, United Kingdom. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships. The project aims at improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in the Maritime Sector.

The UWI-ALJGSB, Mt. Hope Campus is simultaneously completing a brand new building, which will be a major component in their proposal to host the regional MTCC in Trinidad and Tobago. The State-of-the-art office structure when completed in December 2016 is intended to realise cost-effective measures which enhance energy efficiency and will accommodate additional classrooms for their specialized Master’s Programme in Port and Maritime

Management, the MBA in International Trade, Logistics and Procurement (ITL&P) together with the MBA in Sustainable Energy Management which has been carefully designed to meet current and future economic challenges. “This is the beginning of a new era in the regional maritime sector which focuses on safety, security, energy efficiency, reducing CO2, networking and innovative solutions. The project has the potential for creating employment, entrepreneurship and aligning the Caribbean region to the rest of the world” says Dr. Zaffar Khan, Programme Director, MBA ITLP, MBA SEM, MPMM at UWI-ALJGSB and Coordinator of the project.

UWI-ALJGSB and TTSR Signing Ceremony photograph dated 25th May, 2016.

MoULEFT TO RIGHT: Mrs. Nirmala Maharaj, Director of Internationalisation and Institution Relations, UWI-ALJGSB; Mr. David Ramjohn, Consultant & Adjunct Faculty - UWI-ALJGSB, Mr. Kevin Ramnarine, Energy Consultant & Adjunct Faculty - UWI-ALJGSB, Dr. Zaffar Khan – Coordinator of the Project - UWI-ALJGSB, Prof. Miguel Carrillo, Executive Director and Professor of Strategy - UWI-ALJGSB, Mr. Wilfred de Gannes, Deputy Leader - TTSR, Mr. Michael Burke, Executive Chairman – Maritime Preservation Limited, Ms. Lucyann Henry, Chartered Accountant, Captain Tore Torsteinson – Maritime Consultant, Mrs. Stephanie Lezama-Rogers, Researcher, Centre for Strategy and Competitiveness, UWI-ALJGSB.

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