At a meeting with the senior management, which was followed by meetings with the staff at the head office and the boat house, Bishop Juan Edghill, Minister of Public Works announced the appointment of Stephen Thomas as the new Director General (DG) of the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).
The former DG, Claudette Rogers, is now Advisor on Maritime affairs.
The announcement of the new appointments, as well as the policy directions that were given, were warmly received by both the management and rank and file workers, the Ministry said.
Various members of staff expressed gratitude for the role Rogers played and wished her well in her new role as Advisor.
Similarly, words of welcome were offered to the incoming Director General at every engagement held.
The Ministry said that Thomas served over three decades in the ports and maritime sector, with the majority of it being as a senior officer with the Transport & Harbours Department (T&HD) and the Maritime Administration Department.
He served as Cadet, Mate and Captain on T&HD and other companies’ vessels and possesses intimate knowledge of the various maritime and riparian communities, their culture and economic activities.
He is also familiar with the port and maritime issues throughout Guyana and the major stakeholders.
As Harbour Master, Thomas was responsible for the management of all the harbours in accordance with the Transport & Harbours Act. He also assisted T&HD in such areas as surveying their vessels, investigations, training of shipboard crews, and generally advise management on an ad hoc basis.