History of the CMI


The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) is by name, content and operation, the Caribbean region’s centre of excellence for tertiary maritime education, training, research and consultancy.

The CMI was established in Kingston, Jamaica in 1980 as the Jamaica Maritime Training Institute (JMTI). This initiative was a joint project between the Government of Jamaica and the Government of the Kingdom of Norway (NORAD). The aim of the school was to train Jamaican nationals to man the Jamaica Merchant Marine (JMM) fleet of five ships.

The CMI was temporarily located at 9 Norman Road, Kingston. The Institute started with thirty (30) Jamaican students enrolled in the Merchant Certificate Class III, as deck and engineering officers. It was run by a fulltime maritime staff complement of five (5) Norwegian lecturers. Training was designed in accordance with the Norwegian and British systems of training of seafarers, and was well above the minimum requirements of the 1978 Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Organization (IMCO), (later known as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Convention for Seafarers.)

By 1992, the Institute was fully Jamaicanised and renamed Jamaica Maritime Institute (JMI). In 1993 the organization became an autonomous body under the laws of Jamaica and within the Ministry of Public Utilities and Transport. This was in accordance with the JMI Act of 1992. The Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) became legal partners of the Institute.

In 2001, the need for giving the Institute its present international flavour, content, size and structure was demonstrated by changing its name from Jamaica Maritime Institute to the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI). To be consistent with the name change, the CMI has since established satellites in other Caribbean countries for the dissemination and delivery of its programmes.

With the installation of its new Administration in late 2006 the Institute has adopted the Blue Ocean Philosophy, now to guide its operations.

Against the backdrop of the above, the Institute has restructured expanded and continues to expand its curricula to educate and train people to fit-into the three transport sub sectors of land, sea and air. The Institute is organized into three (3) distinct but organized “Schools”, namely: the School of Academic Studies, the School of Marine and Professional Studies and the School of Advanced Skills.