Larger ships for the Falklands Registry ?

7 Jul

Regardless of Argentina’s ban on ships flying the Falklands Flag from entering any of its ports, a move supported by the regional group Mercosur, life goes on for the Red Ensign group which met recently for a conference hosted by the Isle of Man.

The Red Ensign Group operates the shipping registers for the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom, the 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). Any vessel registered in the UK, a Crown Dependency or UK Overseas Territory, is a “British ship” and is entitled to fly the Red Ensign flag.

The Falkland Islands has operated its own Red Ensign register since 1861.

Before the conference, the Falklands’ Register was restricted to merchant vessels not exceeding a gross tonnage of 150, fishing vessels and small ships whose owners or charterers have a connection with the Falkland Islands.

This year’s conference brought together thirteen crown dependencies and UK overseas territories entitled to register vessels under the British flag including delegates from the Falkland Islands. Representatives from the UK’s Department for Transport, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency were also present.

60 delegates discussed 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 of a new categorization order 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.

Confirmation that the new ‘large yacht code’ 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 recognized as a Red Ensign standard;

An agreement in principle for a new streamlined process for maritime conventions, which will speed up ratification for Red Ensign jurisdictions without compromising quality;

A reminder to British Consuls overseas of their duty to support the interests of British, and not just UK shipping, worldwide.


5 Responses to “Larger ships for the Falklands Registry ?”

  1. Walter David Cardozo July 7, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    The Malvinas, Georgias and Sandwich of the South Islands are and well be argentine. FOR EVER.
    Travel to Britain and reside there if they consider themselves British. Do not live in the territory usurped, if they feel they still have some dignity and honor.

    • lordton1955 July 7, 2012 at 6:33 am #

      I think you mistyped one word – it should read ‘Never’.

    • Jimmy July 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

      Worry about the massive problems INSIDE YOUR COUNTRY and leave 3000 hard working island people alone to carry on developing a safe, prosperous yet quiet place to live! God knows they would all be alot worse off it was to be part of a dangerous, corrupt, finacially broken country like argentina!

    • paul July 9, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

      id like to know what your claim is to S georga and the sandwhich islands are you fool .No spanish ever landed or claimed them ever including british antartica which u would like to claim as yours and even if they did they would not ever bbe yours and that includes the falklands a stunning set of briitish islands inn the South Atlanticwe kicked out your army garrison and let the people stay no unsurping there my greasy Rg reptile your history is made and taught by dicktators who thought nithing of killing the Argentine people and their children

    • J. A. Roberts July 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

      The Falkland Islanders consider themselves Falkland Islanders and that is the end of the matter. That they freely choose to keep British sovereignty is something else and nothing to do with Argentina.

      The Falklands, South Georgia and the SSI have never been Argentine territory, so give it a rest.

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