This year's Red Ensign Group Conference takes 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 is the turn of Guernsey for a very important milestone which marks the 30th anniversary of the conference.
The conference is 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 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 will undoubtedly focus on the group's ability to meet the requirements of the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (IIIC) and some the challenges of forthcoming requirements ahead of its IMO audit in the next couple of years. But it will also be a chance to celebrate its anniversary in style in Guernsey.