A naval architects whose resume includes the Queen Mary two and ships for carnival, spoke to a group of school students and maritime enthusiasts today.
Stephen Payne addressed around three-dozen people about his experiences helping build ships like the Queen Mary 2, the longest-ever passenger ship when it was built in 2004, carrying 140-thousand gross tonnage.
Mr. Payne came to Cayman as a part of an initiative put on by Maples and Calder, to get more local students involved in the maritime industry.
“What we are trying to do is use our influence and contacts around the world in the shipping community, to bring experts in the field to our shores because we feel that our kids wouldn’t ordinarily have access to them, so if we could bring them to the kids, they could speak to them about their careers and show them there are potential opportunities for them to consider,” said Sherice Arman, Partner for Maples & Calder.
Mrs. Arman says 15 students are making the necessary moves to apply for classes that could lead to maritime jobs.