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St Helena : KAREN YON RETURNS FROM OVERSEAS TRAINING
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 30.06.2013 (Article Archived on 14.07.2013)

Post and Customer Service Manager, Karen Yon, recently returned from overseas training under the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund.







KAREN YON RETURNS FROM OVERSEAS TRAINING



 









Post and Customer Service
Manager, Karen Yon, recently returned from overseas training under the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee Fund.



 



Karen’s training was focused
around her role as Registrar for Shipping and was arranged with the Maritime
Coastguard Agency (MCA), Department for Transport, the Foreign &
Commonwealth Office, the Registry of Shipping and Seamen, the Beverley Marine
Office (all in the UK), the Ships Registry Office, Coastguard Office, Marine
Leisure Office and Legal Office in Jersey, plus the Ships Registry Office,
Harbour and Marine Office and Sea Fisheries Office in Guernsey.



 



These placements gave Karen a wide
oversight of managing maritime matters and allowed her to ascertain whether
procedures and practices on St Helena are up to date and complying with UK
standards.



 



Karen gained an insight into:



 



The
policies, procedures and standards of operation for small commercial vessels,
fishing vessels and pleasure vessels



Coding
and licensing of vessels



Surveying
of fishing, pleasure and commercial vessels



Codes of
Practice



Quality
Management



Security
Management




Documentation for registering differently coded vessels




Mandatory, basic training for fishermen



Pollution
prevention




Legislation




International conventions and protocols




Registration of births and deaths on board vessels



Carrying
out enquiries into deaths on board vessels



Procedure
for apostilled birth and death certificates




Processing of discharge books and requirements




Maintaining a small ships registry



Coding
for areas of operation, berthing charges and local registration for jet skis.



 



During her time in the UK Karen
also attended the Category Two Monitoring Meeting of the St Helena Shipping
Registry and met with the Chief Executive of MCA to discuss the regulatory
scheme, the Annual REG Conference and the completion and signing of the MOU
which would then allow the Maritime Accident Investigation Branch to carry out
investigations on St Helena’s behalf.



 



While in Jersey, Karen was invited
to the Highlands College to speak about St Helena as a microstate and in
Guernsey she visited The Greffe to meet HM the Greffier/Registrar General, John
Torode. While there, Karen gained an insight into Guernsey’s systems for
registering and recording births, deaths and marriages, including the
requirements for civil ceremonies. She was privileged to go into the Royal
Assembly (which operates similar to our Legislative Council) where Karen was
surprised to be welcomed by the Bailiff Richard Collas.



 



Karen said:



 



“The training I received on
Shipping procedures was truly constructive and my visit to the Channel Islands,
which like on St Helena, operate Category II Shipping Registries, was
incredible. There I gained the most valuable experience and skills to be able
to effectively manage our Registries in line with MCA requirements.”



 



Karen was also placed at the
Office of Telecommunications in London, where she received training on policies
and procedures, licensing conditions, clarification of call signs and Maritime
Mobile Service Identity digits for the Island, frequency allocations and
processing and approval of applications. Karen said: “It was very rewarding
and beneficial to know that St Helena allocations are registered and to gain
additional skills and information which will allow me to provide a better
service”.



 



Karen also visited the Royal Mail,
Heathrow Worldwide Distribution Centre (HWDC), in Slough and The 288 Group in
Poole.



 



Karen commented:



 



“These placements were very
beneficial, especially when I will be working with our designer on some new
ideas for future stamp products. We will be able to improve our products and
increase sales opportunities.



 



“This was also my first
time leaving St Helena and I was apprehensive. But I quickly adjusted to the
(normal) hectic travelling, was privileged to meet and work with some very
helpful people, and have benefitted from this self-development and the contacts
I have made.”



SHG



25 June 2013



 





 

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