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St Helena : REVIEW OF MARITIME SECTOR OF ST HELENA
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 20.04.2013 (Article Archived on 18.05.2013)

St Helena has a long and proud maritime tradition and has the potential for recreational tours, water sports, observation of local marine life and sports fishing.

REVIEW OF MARITIME SECTOR OF ST HELENA

 

 

St Helena has a long and proud maritime tradition and has the potential for recreational tours, water sports, observation of local marine life and sports fishing.

 

The institutional arrangements that support existing maritime operations and what would be needed to facilitate these developments, need to be improved. SHG requires advice and guidance on the adequacy of the existing legislative framework, the adequacy of current industry governance and recommendations for change.

 

The contract for this review, through public tender, was awarded to Marine Maven (T&T) Ltd, owned by Chris (Hedge) Shuter, who will also assess the standards of construction, manning and operation of small commercial vessels, and mechanisms and methods suitable for St Helena’s location and size for the cost effective regulation of this business sector.

 

The initial tasks of the review are to research the ways similar functions are carried out in other jurisdictions, particularly small Island states, and prepare options for discussion whilst taking into account the new investment policy. Marine Maven (T&T) Ltd will identify the maritime industry stakeholders and make arrangements to ensure that they are properly consulted. It will quantify the existing maritime industry support infrastructure, including arrangements for licensing and training. ‘Workshop’ sessions to Elected Members, SHG Directors, managers and industry stakeholders will explain the options, recommendations and implementation tasks for the reform of the maritime sector, and obtain support and endorsement of the recommended way forward.

 

An Inception Report will be produced, to include a draft work plan, a report of the research, a description of the options available, and consideration of the practicalities of implementation. A final Report at the end of the assignment will make recommendations and set out the next steps.

 

Hedge commented: ‘I see the challenge of the review is firstly to gather relevant information from individual, corporate, institutional and Government stakeholders, in order to gain their views on how the maritime sector can be improved. Secondly, to devise options for regulation and governance of the commercial and leisure sectors, with the emphasis on producing sound regulation which provides a balance between the burden of legislation and safe operating procedures. Whatever is implemented must be achievable by and affordable to local people.

 

‘Due to the high volume of work required in a short timescale, I will employ two local research assistants. My company intends to stay in St Helena and help develop the maritime sector in the lead up to the airport opening. Any capital gain for my company in completing this project will be taxed on the Island and certain profits will be re-invested in the local economy.’

 

SHG

15 April 2013

 

 

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