The Red Ensign Group (REG) is a group of British
It is made up from 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) which operate
shipping registers from their jurisdiction.
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 REG Vision
To uphold and enhance the reputation of the Red Ensign by
collectively promoting a large and diverse fleet without
The REG Strategy
We will ensure the successful development of the British fleet,
in terms of quality and controlled growth, by promoting the Red
Ensign brand through a collaborative working relationship, using
the strengths of the partnership to our advantage.
The combined resource pool, and the talent within that pool,
shall be utilised to full effect in order to achieve our vision by
enhancing the quality and reputation of the British fleet.
While strength in size of fleet is a desired objective, we shall
also ensure that the British fleet is synonymous with "quality
shipping" by maintaining high technical, social, and administrative
standards; as reflected in the REG Quality Objectives.
The influence of the group shall be used to full effect as we
are stronger together than the sum of the parts. While recognising
there may be some differences between EU Member State obligations
and others, we will strive for consistent quality standards.
This is captured as "Strength and quality through
At current fleet levels across the group, the combined British
Red Ensign fleet represents a total of 50.1 million GRT. This
places the Red Ensign Group as the 7th largest Flag State in the
world by GRT.