According to Director of Maritime Affairs in St. Kitts McClean Hobson, the training promotes competency in the maritime field which in turn leads to a safer marine environment for trade.
He also divulged that the deadline for receiving the safety training certification was July 2002, but extenuating circumstances prevented some of the local seafarers from travelling abroad for training.
“I extend heartfelt thanks to Captain Mike Napier and the crew of the MV Freewinds for assisting us here in St. Kitts.
They made it possible for those sailors who could travel to the UK, US or Jamaica to receive their training at home and I think we have forged a lifelong partnership that will prove beneficial to both sides,” Hobson said.
He added that spirits were high during training and the sailors showed much enthusiasm throughout the course.
Immediately following the training, the MV Freewinds left the Federation for dry dock in Curacao but will return to St. Kitts in June for the commencement of the second phase of the training.