Red Ensign Group

REG Conference '18

Cayman Islands Look Forward to the 2018 Conference


Greg Evans

A united group can be a strong force in the global shipping world, according to the global director of safety and compliance for the Cayman Shipping Registry. Greg Evans says the work of the Red Ensign Group conference of which the Cayman Registry plays a part, gives the opportunity to collectively promote the quality brand which he says is associated with British shipping globally.

The Cayman Islands will be represented at next month's 30th anniversary Red Ensign Group conference being hosted by Guernsey and co-chaired by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency. Greg, pictured with the bell which is traditionally used to formally open the event says it's important to face up the challenges of running shipping registers in the 21st century.

He said: 'At the REG conference there's an opportunity to discuss those challenges which are common to all of us. There are also opportunities for British shipping too and by building on our collective ideas and expertise, we can develop regulatory initiatives that take technological innovation into account. As a group, the REG can then promote those globally to show the quality that British shipping registers can offer.'



Dick Welsh Discusses the REG Conference 2018


In our latest update, Isle of Man Ship Registry Director Dick Welsh discusses the 2018 Red Ensign Group Conference and why it is one of the most important dates in the calendar for REG Members. Click below to view the video:

Dick Welsh Video



Guernsey looking forward to hosting REG Conference


Outgoing harbour master Chad Murray thinks it's fitting that one of his last jobs in his current role will be to co-chair the Red Ensign Group's conference in June. 

He said: 'When you think of what it does, considering how scattered its members are across the world and how small some of the administration teams running the work in places are, it is remarkable what it is able to achieve. Sometimes we call it a family - families might fall out and argue sometimes, but they also stand together when they face the outside world. As the REG, we can achieve more together than we could as individual members. And that's what makes us special.' 

'We look at challenges and the opportunities available to us all and we look at how we can deal with both. Co-chairing this conference, watching, listening, helping to steer the debates and discussions towards a good solution for those opportunities and challenges is both a responsibility and a privilege. Those solutions may not be quick or easy but we will resolve to work them through for the benefit British Shipping for all of us, including of course, us here in Guernsey.' 

The Red Ensign Group Conference is being held in Guernsey this June. Representatives of all the members from St Helena, to Cayman Islands to Anguilla and Gibraltar are expected to attend. As host, Guernsey holds the co-chair with the REG secretariat which is based in the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, UK - Sir Alan Massey, chief executive officer will be the other co-chair. 

Chad Murray REG Conf



Launching the REG Conference 2018


The conference which gives all Red Ensign Group members the opportunity to share best practice and discuss maritime matters of interest to all is marking its 30th anniversary this year.

It will be held in June and there will be representatives from right across the group attending the conference which this year is being hosted by the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

Sir Alan Massey who co-chairs the event along with Chad Murray representing Guernsey as the host said: 'The REG conference is an annual milestone on its road to continuously improving the safety of British shipping. We use it to challenge each other, agree on policies, and make meaningful decisions.  It works because the debates are honest, the outcomes are binding on all of us, and we trust each other. It matters because that kind of honesty and trust only exists where all family members can get around the same table and only the REG Conference makes that happen.'

REG Conference Picture

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