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St Helena : St Helena POST AIRPORT SHIPPING UPDATE
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 21.04.2014 (Article Archived on 19.05.2014)

Leaving on the RMS St Helena today after a week on-Island are Matt Young and Kedell Worboys MBE, two of the Directors of St Helena Line (SHL), which is responsible - on behalf of St Helena Government - for entering into and managing a contract for St Helena with a shipping management company, currently Andrew Weir Shipping.

POST AIRPORT SHIPPING UPDATE

Leaving on the RMS St Helena today after a week on-Island are Matt Young and Kedell Worboys MBE, two of the Directors of St Helena Line (SHL), which is responsible - on behalf of St Helena Government - for entering into and managing a contract for St Helena with a shipping management company, currently Andrew Weir Shipping.

The focus of their visit was to engage with Councillors and other interested parties in understanding the role of St Helena Line and discussing options around the withdrawal of the RMS St Helena from its current service in 2016. There have been various discussions about how St Helena can source the most appropriate and affordable shipping service going forward.

In looking for the best solution for the Island, SHG has strengthened the position of the Working Group - consisting of SHG officials, representatives from the private sector through the Chamber of Commerce, the Tourism Association and Enterprise St Helena - set up specifically to look at St Helena’s future shipping needs and possible solutions. The Group is currently examining all options for St Helena, including whether a shipping service to Ascension Island will be viable.

An invitation for Expressions of Interest to provide a service to St Helena will be issued to the international shipping market by the end of May 2014, with a view to opening discussions and negotiations with potential service providers in the second half of 2014.

SHG Shipping Officer Dax Richards commented:

“A post-Airport shipping service to St Helena is a complex undertaking - but one that is so vital to St Helena that we must make sure we get it right. Having both Matt and Kedell on-Island over the past week has been extremely helpful and very timely - allowing them to assess and contribute to the intensifying efforts of the Working Group. It has also strengthened the continuing working relationship between SHL and the Group - key to getting the right level of service for the Island at the right price.”

Kedell Worboys added:

“I very much support the collaborative approach taken by the Working Group and fully endorse Dax’s sentiments. Myself, Matt and the other SHL Directors look forward to assisting the Group as we work towards a solution.”
Further updates on post-Airport shipping will be released in due course.
SHG
8 April 2014
COUNCILLORS TO ATTEND OVERSEAS CONFERENCES
Councillors Leslie Baldwin and Gavin Ellick are soon to represent St Helena at conferences in the UK.

Councillor Baldwin will depart St Helena on Friday 16 May 2014 to attend the 44th British Isles and Mediterranean Region Annual Conference (BIMR Conference), this year hosted by the Wales Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, in Cardiff Bay from 27-30 May 2014.

The theme for this year’s BIMR Conference is ‘Equality of Access to Democracy’ and during the conference Councillor Baldwin will attend plenary sessions on various issues, including the Campaign for Women in Public Life, Bilingualism and the Role of Official Languages in Parliament, and Youth Parliaments and Engagement of Young Citizens in the Democratic Process.

Councillor Baldwin will also have the opportunity to participate in workshops based around the plenary sessions to discuss women in public life, official languages in Parliament and youth engagement.

On conclusion of the BIMR Conference, Councillor Baldwin will remain in the UK to attend the 63rd Westminster Seminar and Workshop, being held from 16-26 June in London. He will be joined for this conference by Councillor Gavin Ellick who departs St Helena on Thursday 5 June 2014.
The aim of the Seminar and Workshop is to explore Parliamentary democracy, practice and procedure within a Westminster-style framework - to enhance the capacity of Parliamentarians and Clerks.

During the Seminar both Councillors Baldwin and Ellick will participate in various briefings, sessions and practical observations. Topics include the Role of Parliament in Holding the Executive to Account, the relationship between Parliament and the Media, Representation and the Role of the MP in the Constituency, Standards, Privileges and Accountability and the Management and Administration of Parliament, including the work of the Speaker/Presiding Officer and the Commission.

Councillors Baldwin and Ellick will return to St Helena in July.
Two photos are attached to this release.

SHG
8 April 2014

 

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