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A visiting naval architect responsible for designing at least 80 of the ships which travel to Cayman’s shores spoke to students at the Camana Bay Cinema about his challenges in becoming the most recognized naval architect in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Stephen Payne spoke to students from ages 9-12 about the ins and outs of being a ship builder while stressing the importance of a team effort in designing ships like the “Queen Mary 2” which is his most renowned body of work. He told the students getting used to hearing the word “no” is all part of the process.

“If you’ve got an idea and you’re determined to do something don’t let anybody tell you that you won’t be able to do it because if you have that burning ambition and desire to do it you will do it and certainly by working hard at school, going to people like the Cayman’s authority (MACI) you will be able to achieve everything,”

Mr. Payne is recognised for spanning the development of 50 of the top ships in the world including Carnival, Costa, Seabourn and Holland America. He has worked for the Carnival Corporation for more than 30 years.

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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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