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.
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
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
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.’