Day Of The Seafarer 2021

Day Of The Seafarer 2021

Day of the Seafarer – A Message from Commander Mark Peterson

BDF Media Release| June 21

Photography: BDF Media

The contemporary security scene in the Caribbean is characterized by complexity, change, and challenge. These challenges can be manifested in its relatively large maritime geographic area, in addition to its vast interconnected sea lines of communication. The Caribbean Sea is ranked as one of the principal waterways in the world and covers an area of 2,515,900 square kilometres. In addition, the region dominates critical sea lines of communication, all converging at one of the world’s most prominent choke points, the Panama Canal. Therefore, increased maritime activities can pose a threat to coastal States as the region it is classified as having one of the most intensive maritime traffic sectors in the world.

The theme for 2021 Day of the Seafarer, “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future,” seeks to increase the visibility of the seafarers by drawing attention to the invaluable role they play now and will continue to play in the future. With 71 percent of the earth’s surface covered by the sea, it is axiomatic that more than 90 percent of global trade is conducted by way of the world’s oceans. Ships ply regional and international waters in growing numbers, increasing the opportunities for exploitation of vessels and seafarers.

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Thus, maritime security is pivotal to safeguarding international trade and preserving the safety of mariners. The areas from which ships and maritime operations need protecting include terrorism, piracy, robbery, illegal trafficking of goods and people, illegal fishing and pollution.

As the industry evolves and the Blue Economy grows, vigilance, enforcement, and training will have to keep up with technology and increased opportunity for threats. The Barbados Coast Guard shall play its part in creating a safe and secure maritime environment with emphasis on ensuring, in so far as is possible, that seafarers are better protected from the criminals that would do them harm, wherever threats are present. Through supervision, inspection and proactive procedures, the Barbados Coast Guard will continue its best to minimize threats to maritime safety and security.

HAPPY SEAFARER DAY

PER DEO, PER MARE!

Commander Mark Peterson is the Commanding Officer of the Barbados Coast Guard.

 

Commander Mark Peterson
Commanding Officer Barbados Coast Guard

BDF Receives $195, 000 In Maritime Equipment From US Embassy

BDF Receives $195, 000 In Maritime Equipment From US Embassy

BDF Receives $195, 000 In Maritime Equipment From US Embassy

BDF Media Release| June 21

Photography: BDF Media

U.S. Southern Command, donated vital maritime parts to the Barbados Coast Guard at a handover ceremony held at the Barbados Coast Guard Headquarters, HMBS PELICAN.

The donation, which is valued at approximately US$195,000, is part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) Foreign Military Financing Program and was led by the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown with support from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of International Acquisitions Program. The maritime spare parts package will support multiple vessels previously donated by the U.S. Embassy’s Military Liaison Office and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs to the Barbados Coast Guard and will assist with future maintenance and operations to ensure capability to conduct maritime patrols, counter illicit-trafficking operations, and maintain border security.

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Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Barbados, Joaquin Monserrate, noted that the handover ceremony reflects the long-standing commitment of the United States to Barbados and the region to support sustained peace and security. He added, “We are proud of the opportunity to continue to partner with the professional men and women of the Barbados Defence Force and Coast Guard.” Speaking on behalf of the Barbados Coast Guard, Commander Mark Peterson, said, “The donation is timely, well-received and will undoubtedly boost the Barbados Coast Guard’s maritime capacity. Barbados, allied with the United States, continue to play a pivotal role in maritime safety and security.”

Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves Adjourned

Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves Adjourned

Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves Adjourned

BDF Media Release| May 21

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Headquarters Barbados Defence Force wishes to advise that the Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves has been adjourned and has not been dismissed.

The Convening Officer, The Chief of Staff – Colonel Glyne Grannum is currently reviewing the advice the President of the Court Martial, Major Alfred Taylor. The Judge Advocate Principal Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney advised the President and the members of the Court Martial that the case has been prejudiced by the improper actions of the Nation News, Barbados Today and Barbados Advocate media agencies.

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The Judge Advocate explained that the panel in the Court Martial of Private Reeves R, comprising of five commissioned officers, is akin to the nine (9) or twelve (12) jurors in a High Court trial, who have been selected to decide on a verdict for the accused. Thus, when the Court Martial Panel was withdrawn, proceedings in their absence, must not be published or disclosed to them in anyway.

The publishing of Voir Dire proceedings is contrary to the Defence Rules of Procedure and also for similar matters heard at a High Court. Additionally, there was further direction to the stenographer, by the Judge Advocate, that the transcript should be edited or redacted to remove the Voir Dire proceedings. The media was present for these directions. These directions and the media practitioners’ knowledge of Voir Dire proceedings, should have guided the said members of the media in attendance at the Hearing.

The Covening Officer has however, at his disposal, the ability to dissolve this current Court Martial and convene a new trial at another date.

Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves Adjourned

BDF Convenes Ordinary Court Martial of Private Raheem Reeves

Ordinary Court Martial Of Pte Raheem Reeves

BDF Media Release| May 21

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Headquarters Barbados Defence Force (BDF) will convene an Ordinary Court Martial, in the Hodgson Hall Conference Centre (HHCR), St Ann’s Fort, the Garrison on Friday 28 May 2021 at 0900 hours.

The accused, Ordinary Seaman Raheem Reeves is charged with 2 counts of Neglect to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline contrary to Section 75 of the Defence Act CAP 159. He will be represented by his personal attorney-at-law.

 

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The panel will comprise of the President, Major Alfred Taylor and the Members are Captain Michael Jules and Captain Patrice Cummins.

The Waiting Members are Captain
Michelle Thompson and Lieutenant Coast Guard Nakeida Gibson. The Prosecutor is  Captain Neville Corbin and the Judge Advocate is Principal Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney.

The BDF investigates all allegations against its members and will continue to hold them to the highest of standards of discipline and integrity.

BDF FMT Receives Donation From US Embassy

BDF FMT Receives Donation From US Embassy

BDF FMT Increases Capabilities Through US Embassy

BDF Media Release| May 21

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The Government of Barbados recently received a donation of twenty-seven (27) Pelican Cases from the Government of the United States of America, for utilization by the Barbados Defence Force Field Medical Team. Her Excellency, Linda Taglialatela, US Ambassador to Barbados and the Caribbean, made the presentation to
Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Junior Browne Director of Operations BDF FMT. The presentation ceremony was held at the BDF FMT Newton Christ Church facility.

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H.E. Linda Taglialatela explained that the donation was aimed at augmenting the capabilities of the BDF FMT, while strengthening the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Lt Col Browne, on behalf of the Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum, thanked the US Embassy for their timely donation, given the operational climate of the Force. He went on to mention that the cases will be placed into immediate use, mainly for the storage of pharmaceuticals, intended for rapid response and deployments. Lt Col Browne stated that, “this contribution will further strengthen the team’s capabilities to render medical assistance both locally and regionally.”

Ordinary Court Martial Private Shane Coulthrust

Ordinary Court Martial Private Shane Coulthrust

Ordinary Court Martial Pte Shane Coulthrust

BDF Media Release| April 21

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Headquarters Barbados Defence Force wishes to advise that the Confirming Authority, the Chief of Staff, Colonel Glyne Grannum, is reviewing the findings and the sentence of the Court Martial of Private Shane Coulthrust, pursuant to the Defence Act 159 and the Defence Rules of Procedures 1984.