MARAD hosts Awards ceremony for students & essay competition winners
GINA, GUYANA, Friday, October 21st, 2016
The Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) and Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) today hosted an award ceremony at the MARAD boardroom, Battery Road, Kingston, Georgetown.
The simple but significant ceremony was twofold, which saw the organisations awarding the children of parents who work in the Maritime, and Transport & Harbours Departments bursaries and prizes for the winners of the essay competition which was promoted in observance of World Maritime Day.
World Maritime Day which was observed on September 29, 2016 under the theme- ‘Shipping: Indispensable to the world’.
Students who would have done exceptionally well at the recently concluded Grade six and Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) examinations and winners of the essay competition were congratulated by Director of Ports, Louise Williams who expressed pride in their achievements.
Williams told the gathering that that shipping is very important and has been around for many years and will be around for many more years. “There is no country that is self-sufficient, no one country can produce everything that they would need and therefore there is need for shipping, 80 percent of the world
goods/committees are traded through shipping” Williams said.
Chief Port Security Officer Dwain Nurse in his remarks said that the essay competition is new to the organization. He explained that over the last two years they (MARAD) have been celebrating the World Maritime Day with exhibitions to showcase what the organization is about. However, this time around they wanted the students to be more involved, hence the essay competition, Nurse said.
Nurse also highlighted that the essay was aimed at making students understand a little bit more on what is being done at the organisations and the opportunities they can have as Mariners.
Essay writers were judged and assessed by a committee based on: Organisation structure, language, style definition and reference approach. The essay competition had two categories. Category A- 11 to 15 years, and the topic was- ‘Shipping is vital in supporting and sustaining Guyana’s economic growth. Discuss’.
Category B-16 to 18 years, topic was – ‘What improvements are necessary for the local shipping industry to impact global trade’.
Winners of Category A-11 to 15 years
1st place- Kendra Trotman
2nd place- Kayla Dwarka
3rd place- Alex Bacchus
Winners of Category B-16 to 18 years
1st place- Kenny Bisnauth
2nd place- Vishan Ragobeer
Bursary Awards for the Grade 6 Assessment-
Macaria Bhimdat- Best Graduating Student- awarded St Stanislaus College
Tyrese Spiers- awarded St Joseph’s High School
Bursary Awards for the CSEC Examinations
Shineika Cort- Best Graduating Students
By: Gabreila Patram