Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Maritime Education & Training
Trinidad and Tobago
This thesis proposes some procedures for the establishment of a maritime education and training system in Trinidad and Tobago.In this process,a manpower study approach was utilized and this entailed a survey of the maritime industry to arrive at an estimate of the fleet size,its structure,operation and projected development and the associated manpower supply and demand. The returns of the survey,although they have been analysed as being not significantly definitive when viewed together, individual sectors of the industry do however, indicate certain specific trends towards the education and training needs in terms of quantity and quality of seafarers,within the limitations and constraints which have been identified. In the application of the survey findings to the task in hand,and taking into consideration certain assumptions based on observations of the state of today's world shipping,suggested objectives have been postulated. These have provided the basis for the devising of a philosophy, the deciding of a process and the identification of the type of infrastructure necessary to implement the new system. In more specific terms it has been recommended that :- (i) in the short and medium terms,Trinidad and Tobago should not embark directly into the education and training of seafarers for the higher level certificates of competency for the international trade.lt should seek to have this group of personnel educated and trained where facilities are already available in a place such as Jamaica,a member Caricom State. (ii) Trinidad and Tobago, in the short and medium terms,should lay more emphasis on the upgrading and the education and training of personnel' for local operations and needs. (iii) in the establishment of objectives,the maritime industries should be considered together. (iv) in devising a philosophy and process there should be an integration of the maritime education and training system and the general education system. (v) at the implementation stage,although a pivotal institution has been identified and defined,due consideration should be given to the complementary and supportive roles which can be played by existing institutions,organisations and agencies. (vi) the concept of a Caribbean regional approach to maritime education and training deserves some consideration by the maritime administrations in the area.