The Red Ensign Group's annual conference which was first held 30 years ago, began as an opportunity for all the registrars to get together and share ideas to benefit the British Shipping Registries as a whole.
Now the event has expanded its agenda to include business strategy as well as other maritime matters of interest involving representatives from right across the REG which includes the UK, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories.
At its core however, the conference still involves registrars. For this year's conference being held in Guernsey next week, they have a special session of their own.
Sarah Lisy, registrar, Isle of Man Ship Registry, said: 'As a registrar, the conferences provide me with an opportunity to meet with registrars from the other jurisdictions, who understand the challenges as well as the highlights of this role. It matters because it gives all of us a place where we can share our experiences and best practices with each other.'