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Sark to introduce ship licensing system

Sark Harbour
Isle of Sark Shipping is owned by the island's residents

Sark Chief Pleas has decided to introduce a licensing system to try to protect the island's shipping service.

When in place, one provisional date is 2011, any boat wanting to trade in and out of Sark would have to apply for a licence.

Before introducing the system Chief Pleas will look into possible exemptions.

The aim is to ensure the Isle of Sark Shipping, owned by the island's residents, remains financially viable.

The island's Chamber of Commerce supports the initiative, but doubts that licensing is the way to achieve it.

A review in 2007 concluded there was not enough year-round trade for more than one operator.

Ahead of the debate, chamber president Peter Tonks said the review had focused solely on the Guernsey to Sark route and as Sark Shipping was the only company operating on this route his group were questioning the need to licence vessels operating from other places like Jersey and France.

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