Maritime Conference Bahamas 201711 Oct 2017

The LJM Maritime Academy will host a three-day international maritime conference under the theme “Connecting Education, Ports & People”.

The LJM Maritime Academy, the premier tertiary-level maritime institute of The Bahamas, is proud to announce that its first maritime conference, Maritime Conference Bahamas 2017, is scheduled to take place October 18th – 20th, 2017, at the Meliá Nassau Beach Resort, Cable Beach.

LJM Maritime Academy hosts conference with multiple local and international partners

The three-day international conference will be held under the theme “Connecting Education, Ports & People”.

LJM Maritime Academy will host Maritime Conference Bahamas 2017 in conjunction with multiple local and international corporate sponsors, including Arawak Port Development Ltd, Bluewater Management & Crew Training USA, Insurance Management, SUNY Maritime College and the Ministry of Tourism.

Over 200 delegates are expected to attend

The conference is expected to attract 200 – 250 delegates, locally and from places like the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and India.

Delegates to the October conference will include professionals from the maritime industry, officials of Flag State Administrations, maritime education and training providers, port operators, maritime suppliers, academicians from universities, maritime lawyers, adjudicators, and other entities wishing to explore regional and global maritime issues. Invitations have also been extended to cadets of local maritime training programs and maritime institutes from around the world.

“We are very excited about the enthusiastic response we’ve received from our call for conference presenters and corporate sponsorship,” remarked President of LJM Maritime Academy, Dr. Brenda Cleare. She added that “The Bahamas being a global leader in ship registry, our Academy, LJM Maritime Academy, is proud to set the pace in bringing together at the October 2017 Conference key leaders in the global maritime industry and top international academicians in maritime education to discuss the hot-button issues of the industry and to apprise the public of the vast employment opportunities that exist in the maritime field”.

Wide-ranging topics will be discussed

The conference official opening ceremony will be held on October 18th, at the Meliá, with the keynote address by Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of World Maritime University, Sweden. Day two and three of the conference (October 19th and 20th) will feature a format comprised of plenary sessions, concurrent break-out sessions and sessions, designed for maritime cadets. A slate of some sixteen wide-ranging topics will be discussed during sessions, including global trends in port development, best practices for high performance port operations, Port and Maritime Safety and Security, women in the maritime industry, skills requirements for manpower in the ports, Maritime Business – Why The Bahamas and the Blueprint of Success for young men and women in the Maritime Industry.

Conference presenters confirmed to date include Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University, Sweden – Keynote Speaker, Official Opening Ceremonies; Dr Fritz Pinnock, Executive Director, Caribbean Maritime Institute; Ms Deniece Aiken, Director of Legal Affairs, Caribbean Maritime Institute; Dr. Mike Urcha, Professor Emeritus, University of New Brunswick who is also an Adjunct Research Professor, Carleton University and a Senior Advisor, Association of Canadian Port Authorities.

The conference will conclude with a Gala Ball at 7:00 pm on Friday, October 20th at which pioneers in the maritime sector will be recognized. Tickets are available from the Academy.

For more information on Maritime Conference Bahamas, 2017, contact the Local Committee Chairperson, Ms. Willamae Johnson, at 242.397.5308 |242.325.2120 or You can also visit the conference website at