Montserrat Represented At Landmark Conference in Guernsey

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Five Montserratians working within the profession of Port and Maritime Operations are attending a Landmark Conference in Guernsey.

Manager of the Montserrat Port Authority Joseph O’garro along with Port Superintendent George Green are presently participating in the Red Ensign Group’s (REG) annual Conference this week.

They are accompanied by Senior Disaster Coordinator at the Disaster Management Coordination Agency (DMCA) Astrid Wade, Access Coordinator Ashley Lindsey and Operations Clerk at the Port Authority Dillon Weekes.

The men have joined representatives from the UK and its crown dependencies to discuss mairtime matters of interest at the event being hosted this year by the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

This year’s June 12th to 15th conference marks its 30th anniversary and also the first time a representative from every jurisdiction is attending in person.

The high-level meeting has allowed the participants to engage in detailed face-to-face discussion of a wide variety of matters of shared interest and share best practice.

They will also discuss ways to optimise performance of the British register in the international arena, both in terms of commercial success and in setting exemplary standards in meeting our international maritime obligations.

This year's conference will focus on the group's ability to meet the requirements of the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (IIIC) and some the challenges of forthcoming requirements ahead of its IMO audit in the next couple of years.

The REG conference began in 1988 as an opportunity for the registrars of the REG to get together to share ideas, harmonise processes and discuss ways forward.

Since then it's been held every year at different locations, reflecting the geography of the Red Ensign Group which consists of the UK, the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man and Overseas Territories of Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Montserrat, St Helena, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.