The start of Maritime Week was commemorated yesterday Sunday, September 25, with a church service held at the Holetown Methodist Church.

This marks the third year that the week of activities is being held in recognition of the importance of safe shipping, maritime security and the marine environment.

World Maritime Day will be celebrated on Thursday, September 29, and this week a number of activities will be held under the theme Piracy – Caribbean Issues of Safety and Security.

The week is focused on sensitising persons about issues of maritime safety and their impact on the economy. ??Other activities have been planned for the remainder of Maritime Week.

On Tuesday, there will be a lecture and discussion on Pirates and the Caribbean at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael beginning at 7:00 pm. The lecture will be delivered by Professor Henry Fraser.

This topic will also be examined on Wednesday, with an educational discussion among fourth and fifth form students at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed from 9:30 a.m.

The week of activities concludes on Saturday, October 1, with a luncheon for seafarers in recognition of their invaluable contribution to the economy. All seafarers, both past and present, are asked to contact the Ministry’s Shipping Superintendent, Walter Best at 310-3313 for further details.

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