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Guernsey To Host Red Ensign Conference

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

30 May 2007


UK Minister of State for Transport, Dr Stephen Ladyman is planning to visit Guernsey next month to attend this year’s annual conference of the Red Ensign Group.

The Red Ensign Group conference is held once a year to promote best practice among its international members. This year the event is being hosted by the Guernsey Harbour Authority, part of the Public Services Department.

Just under 50 delegates from as far afield as Bermuda and the Falkland Islands will be attending the event, to be held from 5th June to 7th June, to discuss maritime policies and technical issues such as marine safety, regulation and the registry of ships.

Minister for Public Services, Deputy Bill Bell welcomed the prospect of a visit from the UK Minister.

"It will be the first time in 10 years that the minister with responsibility for shipping has attended the Red Ensign Group conference, so it is a great privilege that he is considering to come to the event in Guernsey. It will be of real interest to all the delegates to have access to and hear from the man at the top in the UK," he stated.

There will also be UK representation from the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, (including their new Chief Executive, Peter Cardy), the Department of Transport, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department of Constitutional Affairs and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch.

The conference will begin with an opening ceremony at the Royal Court where Deputy Bell will formally open the conference in the traditional way by ringing a ship’s bell, which is carried from conference to conference. Guernsey’s Harbourmaster, Captain Peter Gill and the Bailiff, Geoffrey Rowland will welcome the delegates to Guernsey.

The Red Ensign Group is comprised of the United Kingdom, UK Crown Dependencies (Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey) and the UK Overseas Territories (Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena and the Turks & Caicos Islands) which operate shipping registers.


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