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Isle of Man to Trial Electronic Oil Record Books

The Isle of Man is leading the way with a trial of electronic log books within the Red Ensign Group (REG) of British Registries. It was agreed by the REG’s Technical Forum, which is co-chaired by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, with the Isle of Man Ship Registry taking the first steps and providing industry guidance for the rest of the group.

Oil record books are used to record all oil or sludge transfers both internally and externally to and from the vessel. Cameron Mitchell (pictured), Deputy Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry said: “We worked closely with industry on that, which included a very useful presentation from ‘Prevention at Sea’ on the use of eORBs.” Richard Pellew (pictured) who chairs the Technical Forum on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, said:

“The REG Technical Forum agreed all REG members would allow trials and the Isle of Man were the first to get this under way. They’ve also provided their industry guidance for the reference of the other members.”

Representatives from the Isle of Man Ship Registry will report back on the trial at the next meeting of the Technical Forum in November. The Technical Advisory Notice can be accessed here.

Red Ensign Conference 2018

This year's Red Ensign Group Conference took place from the 12th -15th June, 2018. The conference is an annual gathering of the British ship registers. It meets together with representatives from UK Government in a different territory each year on a rolling basis. This year it was the turn of Guernsey for a very important milestone which marks the 30th anniversary of the conference.

The conference is always a great opportunity for detailed face-to-face discussion of a wide variety of matters of shared interest and to share best practice and 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. But more than that, it is a way to get to know each other which helps the registers work together to drive the success of the total British registered tonnage, which at over 50 million gross registered tons is one of the world's larger registers with a real part to play at IMO and in influencing international maritime matters.

This year's conference focused on the group's ability to meet the requirements of the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (IIIC) and some of the challenges of forthcoming requirements ahead of its IMO audit in the next couple of years. It was also a chance to celebrate its anniversary in style in Guernsey. Find out more about this year's REG conference 

Monaco Yacht Show 2018

Plans are well underway for this year’s Monaco Yacht Show which will run from 26th to 29th September at Port Hercule, Monaco. The Ship Registry will once again partner with the Manx Superyacht Forum to host a stand in the popular Darse Sud Tent, to promote the Isle of Man as a centre of excellence for Super Yacht business. This year we will have a new stand design with fresh new graphics and media to really make it stand out.

There will of course be the usual drinks reception on the stand, which has become a popular fixture in the show calendar and a great chance for clients, many of which are now old friends, to get together for an informal reception at the end of the day on Wednesday 26 September.

It is the strength of the public/private partnership which exists between the registry and the Manx Superyacht Forum which makes the Isle of Man’s presence at Monaco so strong. Many Isle of Man-based yachting organisations also exhibit at the show and many more send delegates to attend the show, but it is the Isle of Man stand at Darse Sud which provides the focal point for activity and really demonstrates the strength of the Isle of Man’s offering in this sector.

The Ship Registry team this year will be: Deputy Director Cameron Mitchell and Senior Surveyor Carlo Vinelli with Monaco regulars - Principal Surveyor Angus Lamming; and Registration Manager Sarah Lisy.

get in touch get in touch to request a meeting during the show and please pop by the stand to see us.


International Maritime Forum - Why Do Clusters Work?

Dick Welsh shares an article on some of the topics he touched upon during his keynote speech, ‘Why Do Clusters Work,’ during his visit to Liverpool’s International Business Festival.

I always tell my kids “nice people like nice people” and I think this in many ways answers the question of why cluster? “shipping people like shipping people.”

Each cluster has a different driver, a platform to build upon.  For the Isle of Man it is its Ship Registry, for others it is major port or shipping hub. All have something in common, and that is Government support and/or funding to commit to growing the sector and to create strategic vision and direction which is unique to that maritime centre.

When I talk to companies or people relocating to the Isle of Man as part of the maritime cluster, one of the main reasons they cite is, ‘I wanted to be among maritime people.’ And The Isle of Man offers this in a European time zone and with a fantastic quality of life.  This is a social thing as much as a business thing and can make people feel instantly at home.

New arrivals in the Isle of Man put down roots and see it as a long term move. There is no ‘contract’ mentality in the Isle of Man. No ‘how long are you staying?’. It’s all about quality of life and a place they want their children and grandchildren to grow up. This is what strengthens the cluster and the economy of the Island. Read more.