Thursday, July 30, 2015

As Global Shipping Gathers Vessel Registers Host Charity Event in London's Special Week

Biennial Event Has a Host of Attractions This Year Including Seafarers Reception
Shipping News Feature

UK – The biennial London International Shipping Week will take place this year between 7 – 11 September and 2015 will see the usual host of events to celebrate the occasion. Not least of these will be a major shipping reception on Wednesday 9 September in aid of global maritime welfare charity The Mission to Seafarers. Six British shipping registers, which work together under the banner the ‘Red Ensign Group’ (REG) will host the fundraising event to be held in the offices of shipping lawyers Ince and Co. REG selected The Mission to Seafarers as their chosen charity for the reception as the work of the charity spans many of the six British jurisdictions and those vessels registered within them.

REG 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 guest list for the reception will include leading shipowners, lawyers, brokers, shipyards, finance houses, senior politicians and of course the shipping registries themselves. As well as supporting seafarers in need, the reception programme will address the underlying theme of ‘Why register with the Red Ensign Group?’ across all ship types and tonnage. Piers Baker, Head of Maritime Administration, States of Jersey, said:

“There are approximately 1.5 million seafarers, without these seafarers there would be no sea trade and the importance of their welfare must not be neglected. Within the British Registries there are staff who are ex-seafarers and the Mission is very close to their hearts and minds.”

Please show your support for The Mission to Seafarers through the Red Ensign Group, by making a donation via their new Just Giving webpage and those interested in attending the event itself should contact Sarah Stride by e mail at Sarah.Stride@mcga.gov.uk.

Photo: The stranded Hoegh Osaka in Southampton Sound, her crew were aided by the local Mission to Seafarers staff.