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Shipping: Registration

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th June 2019.

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Photo of Karl Turner Karl Turner Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent comparative assessment he has made of the adequacy of the eligibility criteria used by the UK Ship Register and those used by open international shipping registers.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

Open international registers do not have any nationality or residency requirements for ship registration and are open to foreign-owned ships, therefore no comparative assessment was undertaken.

However, a comparison was undertaken against its Red Ensign Group Partners (Isle of Man, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar), for which the UK is already responsible internationally in terms of eligibility.

Based on this assessment the UK Flag aligned its own criteria to the same position as them in terms of eligible countries whilst adding Commonwealth too.

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