St Helena Headline NEWS- 19 September 2017


A large supertanker – MT Anne – arrived at St Helena yesterday, Monday 18 September 2017, at 5pm.

The MT Anne anchored in James’ Bay for a short while to disembark a sick crew member. It left shortly afterwards.

Sad report from Ascension Island

Kevin Jones- Returned from Asi yesterday after closing the English Bay Expedition Centre down. Very sad but just can’t keep it going now the runway is closed to large aircraft. Estimated upto 4 years to resurface runway. Travellers is like a ghost town now with more leaving all the time. Saints feel very isolated with no regular airbridge. Hotel closed this week. Petrol station closed and hire cars sold. Most of the sport fishing boats have left. I couldn’t even go for a swim due to being off limits after recent shark attacks.It was a sad trip but will certainly enjoy my memories of regular visits over the last 25 years. Fingers crossed there is a future for this amazing place.


Executive Council will meet today at 9.30am in the Council Chamber, with the following Open Agenda items:

  • Application for Full Development Permission to Refurbish the Jamestown Swimming Pool
  • Digital Strategy
  • Ways to Improve Openness & Transparency
  • Aerodrome Charges (Amendment) Regulations, 2017

Elected Members serving on Executive Council are Councillors Anthony Green, Christine Scipio-O’Dean, Derek Thomas, Lawson Henry and Russell Yon.

Non-voting members of ExCo are Acting Chief Secretary, Gillian Francis, Financial Secretary, Dax Richards, and Attorney General, Angelo Berbotto.

Sustainable Tourism Information Day- 27 September 2017



The Court of Appeal of St Helena, sitting in London, yesterday heard an appeal brought by the Attorney General against a decision of the Supreme Court handed down earlier this year.

The court did not hear evidence as the hearing was about the application of the law.  The Chief Justice of Appeal said at the conclusion of the hearing that ‘it was not an easy case and involved fundamental principles’.  The Court reserved judgment and expects to hand down the ruling in a month.

The case involves the unlawful sterilisations of two women by a doctor (who is no longer on St Helena). The Attorney General accepted that SHG was vicariously liable because the doctor was employed by the Health Directorate.

The appeal was not in respect of whether the women deserved compensation.  SHG has accepted that they should be compensated.  The appeal was in relation to matters of law that have wider implications because they affect how the amount of compensation is calculated. Those principles will apply not only to compensation paid by SHG but to all cases, including those between private individuals. The result of the hearing is that the amount of compensation could go up, stay the same, or go down.  The matters that the Court of Appeal has to decide are:

  • Firstly, whether the method used by the Supreme Court to award damages in civil claims was correct 
  • Secondly, whether compensation must be effected at the time of the breach or whether there are other situations where it can be assessed at a later time 
  • Finally, whether in the appointment of deputies, the Court has any discretion to refer a matter to the Court of Protection in the UK

The decisions of the higher courts must be followed by the lower courts and that is why it is important for these principles of law to be settled – in order to provide consistency when dealing with future cases.

Latest RMS St Helena Timetable

Voyage 262, 06 September 17 to 24 September 17

Destination Arrive Depart Type
Cape Town START 10-09-17 Departure
St Helena 15-09-17 17-09-17 Stop Over
Ascension Island 19-09-17 19-09-17 Call
St Helena 21-09-17 22-09-17 Stop Over
Cape Town 27-09-17 END


Voyage 263, 26 September 17 to 14 October 17 – Subject to Change

Destination Arrive Depart Type
Cape Town START 29-09-17 Departure
St Helena 04-10-17 06-10-17 Stop Over
Ascension Island 08-10-17 08-10-17 Call
St Helena 10-10-17 11-10-17 Stop Over
Cape Town 16-10-17 END

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