The Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping hosted the intersessional meeting of the Technical Standing Work Group of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control on March 3rd and 4th, 2014 at the City View Hotel in St. John’s, Antigua. On March 5th, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) took the opportunity to deliver to the delegates, a workshop on the GlobalReg and the Code of Safety for Small Commercial Vessels (SCV Code) operating in the Caribbean.
GlobalReg, an IMO initiative, is a proposed model regulation which will provide what should be included within a national legislation to enable a State, Party to the Convention on the Law of the Sea, located in any region in the world to fulfill its obligations regarding safety of ships, and particularly those ships which are not covered by the IMO conventions. They have been drafted in such a way that they can be directly incorporated by such a State in its national legislation.
This workshop was the latest in a series which sought to ascertain the level of compatibility between the GlobalReg and existing regional regulatory regimes. Emphasis was placed on identifying any potential amendments to the generic GlobalReg for ships carrying passengers, based on the provisions of the Small Commercial Vessel Code (SCV) in order to make the current version of GlobalReg consistent with the Code operating in the Caribbean.
Sixteen delegates representing twelve countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Cuba, Jamaica, The Netherlands, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago) participated and benefited not only from the information shared but also from the sharing of best practices.