rss icon Subscribe
desktop mobile

Former SKANReg Leader to Retire

Nigel Smith (Photo: SKANReg)

Posted by Michelle Howard

Nigel Smith, inaugural International Registrar of the London-headquartered St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg), is retiring in May after 47 years in the shipping industry.

Smith, 62, is a former seagoing engineer officer, technical superintendent, shipyard agent and marine consultant. He has also served on various bodies of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology, which includes being a member of the ruling Council since 2005.

In the late 1990's, he was commissioned to report on how entry into maritime affairs and ship registration could help the St Kitts & Nevis economy's service-orientated transformation. SKANReg was conceived in 2004 and became active the following year, with Smith appointed by the islands' government as International Registrar of Shipping and Seamen.

Since 2005 SKANReg has flagged more than 2,000 ships. The current 800-strong fleet totals 8.5 million deadweight tonnes and ranges from general cargo ships and tankers to accommodation barges and jack-up rigs. Over the same period, seafarer documents have been issued to more than 25,000 crew members from numerous nations.

Smith stepped down in 2015 to focus on his other government post as Alternate Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization. His previous position at SKANReg is now occupied by Liam Ryan, who joined the ship registry in 2012.

"During the last 15 years, it has been exciting to see the registry take shape and make a significant impact in certain areas of shipping," Smith reflects. "Assisting the growth of maritime knowledge in St Kitts & Nevis, contributing to legislative changes and promoting the country's offering of tourism, financial and related services has been particularly satisfying.

"I'm proud to have shared promotional platforms with the Prime Minister, senior ministers and civil servants, and happy to have made many new friends in the Caribbean shipping community. I will be sorry to leave, but I know that SKANReg is in good hands with Liam at the helm."

A new era

The SKANReg succession strategy was mapped out last June when Liam Ryan, 33, took over as CEO and International Registrar. With an administrative background, he joined the organisation as an IT and ship registration executive and, four years later, was promoted to senior ship registration executive in 2016. Throughout this time, he has undergone continuous professional development including in-house training and studying for a maritime business management diploma.

In his mission to drive growth in the quality as well as number of ships registered, late last year he launched the SKANReg Vessel Inspection Scheme. This introduces annual inspections for older ships and is designed to minimize the potential for Port State Control (PSC) detentions.



Mar 13, 2019

 

People & Company News

The Ocean Cleanup: APL Signs On

(Photo: The Ocean Cleanup)

Ocean carrier APL announced Tuesday that it will provide free shipping to The Ocean Cleanup

BSCS Wins Cruise Ship Management Deal

Photo: BSCS

Bernhard Schulte Cruise Services (BSCS) was awarded technical management of Jalesh Cruises’ new

Hythe Shipyard Opens in Southampton

Hythe Shipyard in Southampton (courtesy of Fairline)

Fairline Yachts announced the opening of Hythe Shipyard at its new manufacturing facility on the

Vessels

UK P&I Club Gets Regulator Clearance for Dutch Brexit Hub

British ship insurer UK P&I Club has received approval from the Dutch regulator for a new subsidiary in Rotterdam to ensure continued access to trade in the European Union in

Norden Sells Four Bulk Carriers

Nordpol (Photo: Norden)

In the last couple of weeks, Dampskibsselskabet Norden A/S has sold off four dry cargo vessels as

Thessaloniki Port Joins Green Award

Pic: Thessaloniki Port Authority

The Port of Thessaloniki becomes the first port to join the Green Award certification program in

Maritime Apps