Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis, April 4th 2007
Director of Maritime Affairs, Mr McLean Hobson, who is presently studying
at Southampton University, England, recently visited the offices of the
St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry to meet staff and see the
work of the Ship Registry at first hand.
“It is always good to see our colleagues from St. Kitts & Nevis visit us.
The United Kingdom High Commissioner, Dr. James Williams and his Deputy High
Commissioner, Mrs. Jacinth Henry-Martin have previously visited our offices,
but it was particularly good to get a visit from Mr. Hobson in view of his
responsibilities for the Ship Registry,” said International Registrar of
Shipping & Seamen, Nigel Smith.The International Ship Registry has now registered over 350 ships since the
start of operation in February 2005. Three of the most recent registrations
were the passenger ferries operated for Four Seasons Resort, Nevis.
Mr. Smith added: “At times, I am sure we can seem to some to be very
detached from the Federation due to our respective locations, so it is good
that the officials we deal with can visit us when the opportunity arises.”
During the visit, Mr. Hobson was introduced to staff and shown the daily
workings and activities of the Ship Registry. The visit also gave Mr Smith
the opportunity to personally update Mr Hobson on the most recent activities
and intended plans for the near future.
Mr. Smith said he welcomes visits from any Government colleagues or business
people from the Federation who are visiting the United Kingdom who can spare
the time to come to the offices in the London suburbs. “Our door is always
open,” he said.