The field of Maritime Science has great opportunities for employment in the Bahamas. It is important, however, that students are preparing themselves to receive these jobs as they become available. Dr. Cleare spoke to parents and students involved with the maritime camp about some of the positions available in the field and some of the lucrative salaries. She told them that captains of yachts make $1000 per foot. She told them that once they work on a ship they would work in three month intervals-three months on and three months off. She further explained that there are also opportunities for husbands and wives to work on ships too.
She connected the disciplines they learned while a part of the maritime camp with those needed to work on a ship. Dr. Cleare also told them that they have to get a special certification before they can work on any vessel. This program was therefore started to ensure that youth have jobs in this area. She said that there are only two places in the world that people are leaving their yachts now: The Bahamas and the Mediterranean. Hence, the thrust of this program is to educate the students about this vastly growing area.
She noted that if the students are properly skilled they will qualify themselves to work anywhere. Their goal is to be able to put one or two persons on each of these ships registered in The Bahamas. Dr. Cleare stated that they (College of The Bahamas and Campbell’s Shipping) have a great program that they are getting ready to embark upon with a university in New York. A campus will be on Freeport to work with this program which will be focused on engine and deck side.
Additionally, Campbell’s Maritime Academy is coming soon and it will be located where Coral World used to be in New Providence. That cay is now called Maritime Cay. Students will live and learn on the campus. The program will be for one year after which time, the students will be placed on a ship to work.
Jamal Smith, Campbell Shipping Representative, stated that the country is in a critical state with a lot of potential going to the graveyard. Potential has to be executed and this program is geared towards executing that potential. He and Dr. Cleare have worked hard to help young people bring about great results. They have travelled the world and he personally has been to Europe, numerous Caribbean countries, Norway and many other countries to see what they are doing in the maritime industry. After his evaluation, he knows that what they are proposing can be done.
He noted that Abaco is poised to do great things in the maritime industry. Dr. Black stated that the ripple effect has already started here on Abaco as many yachts are already being left at Baker’s Bay for docking while the owners fly to various parts of the world. She also spoke of various other careers in the maritime industry that are deficient such as Maritime Lawyers, Engineers, Doctors and chefs. This industry is wide open for interested persons to make a great living she explained.