New Port Administration Building By 2020

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Construction of a new four-storey administration building for the Barbados Port Inc. (BPI), at a cost of $20 million, will be carried out over the next 15 months. Once completed, the new facility will be home to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, the BPI and just over 500 employees. These disclosures were made last Friday by …

Barbados Reducing Risks Through Planning

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Owning a piece of the rock is the dream of many Barbadians. That prime piece of land is chosen, and plans for that dream home are drawn according to taste and style and the mortgage acquired. But, too often, little consideration is given to the risks caused by hazards to which the chosen plot is exposed.  These hazards could range …

Barbados Gives Commitment To Blue Economy

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Government remains committed to the development of the Blue Economy as the ocean has been identified as the “lifeblood” of the planet. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, emphasized Government’s commitment to the process as he addressed the inaugural Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya on Monday. Noting that Barbados had already announced a ban on single-use …

Minister Humphrey Shares Vision For Blue Economy

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Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, wants to see a greener and bluer Barbadian economy. This, he said, would involve the island becoming the centre for seafaring across the Caribbean, an end to overfishing, and greater protection mechanisms put in place to guard the coral reefs. Mr. Humphrey shared these views during a courtesy call with …

Training Essential For Local Fishing Industry

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The importance of training for Barbados’ fishing industry was underscored by Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey. He shared his vision for the sector during a courtesy call with officials from the British High Commission at the Ministry’s Charnocks, Christ Church office. Mr. Humphrey said he wanted to see the industry move from boat building to …

Proposal To Establish Maritime University

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Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, is proposing the establishment of a Maritime University to significantly upgrade the skills and training of seafarers in Barbados and the region. Speaking during a courtesy call with United States Ambassador, Linda Taglialatela, last Friday, Minister Humphrey lamented the deficit in training for seafarers, noting that the courses which exist …

Move to Protect Barbados’ Fish Stock

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Government is moving to protect Barbados’ fish stock through the improvement of the existing marine protected area and the establishment of another. Noting that it was “almost embarrassing” that 80 per cent of the fish used in Barbados was imported, Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, made it clear that things had to change as the …

Humphrey: Fish Markets Set For Upgrades

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Long awaited upgrades and renovations at Barbados’ fish markets are set to get under way, as Government moves to raise standards in the island’s fishing industry. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, announced that work at the Pile Bay Fishing Complex was set to start soon, while that on the Bridgetown Fishing Complex would begin later …

Humphrey: Building Barbados’ Skills Set A Must

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Government is seeking to upgrade the technical skills capacity available in Barbados, particularly in the areas of the blue economy. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, said while Barbados’ sea space was 400 times greater than its land space, the island lacked the technical skills needed in that area. He made these comments during a product …

Minister Humphrey: Derelict Boats Must Go

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The days of derelict fishing boats taking up space at markets across Barbados are numbered. Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey, made it clear that the vessels must be removed during a Meet the Minister forum at the Fisheries Division last Saturday. Mr. Humphrey told the fishermen and boat owners in attendance that he was prepared …