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Progress at shipping conference

29 June 2012

Good progress was made at the recent Red Ensign Conference towards the development and growth of Jersey's shipping register.

The annual conference was held in May in the Isle of Man, bringing together 13 crown dependencies and UK overseas territories entitled to register vessels under the British flag. Government delegates from as far afield as the Falkland Islands, Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands attended the conference together with representatives from the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). This year, up to 60 delegates attended the conference and their discussions focused on safety, legislation, regulation, technical compliance and constitutional matters common to the various territories. Lawyers, surveyors and those associated with the maritime world were invited to networking events within the framework of the conference.

Key points agreed at the conference included:

  • endorsement for a new categorisation order from the UK's DfT so that smaller registries will be able to take on all ship types up to 400 gross tons and not only pleasure craft. This will replace the present limit of 150 gross tons for commercial ships. It will allow the Jersey registry to administer larger craft, which the market now demands, and it is hoped the new categorisation will be effective from January 2013
  • confirmation that the new 'large yacht code' (to be known as LY3) is to be published and launched at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show in September. The code provides essential certification for large commercial yachts and has now been updated and recognised as a Red Ensign standard
  • obtaining agreement in principal to a new streamlined process for maritime conventions, which will speed up ratification for Red Ensign jurisdictions without compromising quality
  • FCO acceptance of a reduced legislative framework for the Maritime Labour Convention for Registries which does not register vessels of more than 500 gross tons
  • a reminder to British Consuls overseas of their duties to support the interests of British and not just UK shipping worldwide

Minister for Economic Development, Senator Alan Maclean, said: “We can be very pleased with this progress. We took a strong delegation to the conference and came back with very positive results. I think the whole shipping industry in Jersey will benefit especially from the opportunity to register commercial super yachts.”  

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