The final word from Red Ensign Group Conference 2018 - Friday, 15 June 2018
A commitment to being ready for the IMO's III Code audit in two
years time has been identified as a clear priority by the members
of the Red Ensign Group at its annual conference held in
Mock audits with support from the Maritime & Coastguard
Agency has been offered to the relevant UK government departments,
Crown Dependencies & Overseas Territories.
The group has also been tasked to identify gaps in their
processes which will need to be addressed in time for the IMO audit
which will happen in 2020.
Richard Pellew of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency said:
'The mock audits will be like the real thing. Our reputation as a
Group for maritime safety and standards has to be maintained.
Meeting the requirements of the III Code audit is essential if we
are to uphold the REG's high quality reputation and status.'
Other priorities include individual groups making sure that
their domestic legislation fully implements international
conventions and to carry out assessment of where their coastal
state responsibilities need to be enhanced,
Sir Alan Massey, co-chair of the REG conference said: 'This has
been a good conference with a recognition of work to be done and
the challenges to be met. However, we know that the work doesn't
end when the conference does. It's testimony to the strong
relationships here that conversations will continue and the work
will carry on in the weeks and months to come.'
Chad Murray, who co-chaired on behalf of the hosts Guernsey
said: 'It's been a real opportunity for people to get around the
table and get things done. It was great to see all those attending
the coastal state workshops being really engaged with what's going
on as well as those at the main REG conference meetings. For me,
it's been really important to show the people of Guernsey and
beyond that the work of the REG really does matter.'
The conference ended with the ringing of the REG bell.