BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The St. Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry is reporting a significant milestone. It has registered its 1,000th individual ship to fly the St. Kitts and Nevis flag.
The achievement was celebrated with the official launching of the newly established Yacht Registration Department on a riverboat cruise hosted by the Federation’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Dr. James Williams and International Registrar of Shipping & Seamen, Mr. Nigel E Smith.
The initiative crafted by Mr. Smith, with the fullest support from the Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, is intended to attract the growing leisure, commercial and mega-yacht market and complements the marina developments in the Federation.
St. Kitts and Nevis flagged ship “Sea Bridge” with Nevis in the background Photo By: Erasmus Williams
Yacht Captain, Scott Dillon has been recruited to head this department and has introduced some innovative ideas and registration services to attract yachts to flag with St. Kits and Nevis.
These include part-commercial registration; which will allow owners of pleasure yachts, subject to inspection of the yacht to ensure it complies with adequate safety standards, to charter the yacht out commercially for up to 84 days per annum and registration of tenders to the ‘mother-yacht’ so allowing ‘toys & tenders’ e.g. jet ski’s, submersibles, ski-boats to be formally identified as being a part of the equipment of the yacht, which is being increasingly required in this security conscious age by port authorities.