Saint Lu­cia Im­ple­ments an Open Ship Reg­istry

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Saint Lu­cia Air and Sea Ports Author­ity (SLASPA), af­ter a thor­ough re­view of the Ship­ping Amend­ment Act, is pleased to an­nounce that Saint Lu­cia has taken the de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment an open ship reg­istry. An open ship reg­istry al­lows com­pa­nies or per­sons from an­other coun­try to reg­is­ter their ves­sels un­der that na­tion’s flag. Reg­is­ter­ing a ship gives na­tion­al­ity to the ship and, sim­i­lar to na­tion­al­ity, al­lows the ship to travel in­ter­na­tion­ally wher­ever that coun­try’s ci­ti­zens are autho­rized to travel and thus are bound by the coun­try’s laws. Ev­ery ves­sel that wants to travel in­ter­na­tion­ally and cross in­ter­na­tional bor­ders must be regis­tered.

The Di­rec­tor of Mar­itime Af­fairs, Mr. Christo­pher Alexan­der ex­plained, “The process has not been an easy one and though the de­ci­sion has been made to im­ple­ment the open ship reg­istry, changes have to be made to our cur­rent leg­is­la­tion to en­sure that the full ben­e­fits of the open ship reg­istry are re­al­ized.”

The is­land is ex­pected to gain sev­eral ben­e­fits from the im­ple­men­ta­tion of an open ship reg­istry. These are, but are not lim­ited to, em­ploy­ment of sea­far­ers, in­creased rev­enue from taxes and fees, pro­vi­sion of le­gal ser­vices and ex­pan­sion and growth of mar­itime ser­vices. Ad­di­tion­ally, apart from the ob­vi­ous eco­nomic ben­e­fits, an in­crease in the quan­tum of ships regis­tered will re­sult in Saint Lu­cia hav­ing greater promi­nence and rep­re­sen­ta­tion in­ter­na­tion­ally par­tic­u­larly at meet­ings of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IMO).

There are other reg­u­la­tions which are cur­rently be­ing re­viewed and changes are ex­pected in the near fu­ture which will ben­e­fit the mar­itime sec­tor and Saint Lu­cians alike.

The Rod­ney Bay Ma­rina in Gros Islet - a yacht­ing haven on the is­land.

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