News from the Tristan da Cunha Government, including the Governor, the Resident Administrator, Chief Islander and Tristan-related official events in the UK and abroad.

Administrator sworn in

Report and photos from Personal Assistant to the Administrator Cynthia Green

Philip reciting the oath of allegiance to King Charles III

Administrator Philip Kendall was sworn in during a ceremony in the Tristan da Cunha Council Chamber by Island Councillor and Acting Chief Islander Rodney Green on Monday 1st July 2024.

An image of the swearing-in statement and signatures
to add a piece of UK Overseas Territory detail for those interested.

Rodney acknowledging Philip's resumption of office

Philip Kendall and his wife Louise departed Tristan aboard the cruise ship MS Seaventure on 30th March. They returned to Tristan aboard MFV Lance, arriving on 28th June 2024.

MFV Lance's June 2024 passage to Tristan

Administrator Philip Kendall's report and photos
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South Atlantic islands unite for maritime best-practice

Report and photos from Tristan Government UK representative Chris Carnegy

South Atlantic Working Group delegates, including
Tristan Chief Islander James Glass (7th from the left) alongside Chris Carnegy
and far right former Tristan Administrator Alex Mitham, representing St Helena
where he is now Director of Safety, Security and Home Affairs.

Tristan da Cunha linked with fellow South Atlantic territories at the inaugural face-to-face meeting of a new body that aims to promote best practice in maritime regulation.

Conference in session

The South Atlantic Working Group brings together key personnel from Tristan, St Helena, Ascension, the Falklands and South Georgia. It is part of the 'Red Ensign Group' of maritime jurisdictions who have links with the UK. The South Atlantic delegates met in Jersey on the 17th June 2024, ahead of the REG's three-day annual conference held there on June 18th - 20th.

James Glass in St Helier's port control tower, with coastguard Ford Ramsden

For Chief Islander and Director of Fisheries James Glass, the regional gathering was a chance to update colleagues on how vessel inspections work on Tristan, to learn of an opportunity for pollution-control training, and to progress plans for new navigation beacons on Tristan's outer islands. The group also discussed the challenge of adopting international safety standards in ways that recognise the capacity issues of small and remote locations.

Above: Kirsten Morel, Jersey's minister for sustainable economic development, rang the bell to open the Red Ensign Group conference.

Right: Chief Islander with conference chair Katy Ware, Director of UK Maritime Services at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

The wider Red Ensign event covered many topics, from regulation of the high seas to marine safety messaging and from international sanctions to the welfare of mariners.

That last topic was of special relevance for Tristan da Cunha as the island will always seek to ensure high standards for the well-being of seafarers in its fishing fleet, as well as high standards for the vessels themselves.

Tristan's flag flying in St Helier, capital of Jersey

Delegates were also invited on a behind-the-scenes tour of Jersey's commercial port in St Helier. Pictured with our host in front of some road trailers, James learned they're used to ship Jersey's main arable crop. Like Tristan, Jersey is famous for its potatoes - but the Channel Island exports up to 20,000 tonnes each year!

James with Ports of Jersey operations manager Robin Fitzgerald

In the margins of the conference, James held talks with officials from the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency, exploring ways Tristan can access support for training and safety equipment.

At St Helier's maritime museum, James gave vital help to interpret a giant globe!

Tristan da Cunha Government Records

This page provides downloads of Island Council minutes, public notices, budgets, and other official documents.
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Young Ocean Champions in the UK

Young Tristanians are undertaking intense conservation-related training across England during summer 2024.
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Inaugural UK Overseas Territories Day

Tristan represented at Westminster Abbey event on the 3rd June 2024
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The Administrator in London

Philip Kendall attends May 2024 meetings and events.
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Celebration of the link between Tristan and Camogli

Special event organised by London's Committee of Italians Abroad
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Parliamentary Debate highlights Tristan's Marine Protection Zone

Westminster Hall debate on Global Ocean Treaty
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