The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) received a contribution of USD150,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Roland Malins-Smith. Mr. Malins-Smith is founder of Seafreight Line Ltd. which was acquired by Crowley in 2015.
Malins-Smith, born in Grenada, started his career in 1970 doing research into shipping and transportation issues for the then Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA) Secretariat based in Georgetown, Guyana. He was later seconded to the West Indies Shipping Corporation, a regional institution owned by CARICOM governments, in 1977.
“My wife, Loretta, and I value the importance of training the next generation of mariners, seafarers and vessel operators who will build and lead the maritime industry in the Caribbean,” said Malins-Smith. “Maritime is a global industry and the Caribbean is playing, and will play, an even greater role in the industry in years to come.”
“We are awestruck by the generosity of the Mr. and Mrs. Malins-Smith. Their gift will help to construct a much needed lecture theater and increase access for many students who wish to study at the Caribbean Maritime University,” said Dr. Brown Metzger, president and executive director of the ACMF. “The large majority of CMU students require financial assistance and the work of the foundation actually helps to transform lives,” Brown Metzger added.
The ACMF is a tax-exempt organization founded by Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, former consul general of Jamaica in New York. Aligned with CARICOM goals of educational access, poverty alleviation and gender equity, the ACMF funds scholarships and provides grants to build much needed classrooms and other facilities at the Caribbean Maritime University, which is the regional maritime training institution in the Caribbean, with a current enrollment of over 5,000 students. The ACMF will host its annual Anchor Awards on Oct.18, 2018 at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.
The patron of the high-profile event is Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness; H.E. Sidney Collie, Bahamian Ambassador to the U.S. is serving as Caribbean Chair. For tickets and information, visit www.acmfd