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Norwegian Owners Welcome Back Liberian Registry

The Norwegian Shipowners' Association (NSA) has lifted its recommendation not to use the Liberian ship registry, which has been in effect since 2001. The NSA says, “The basis for normalising the NSA's position on the Liberian registry includes the positive developments in Liberia, the position of the UN and the Norwegian authorities, and the increased transparency concerning financial transactions between the registry and the Liberian authorities.” In late 2001, the NSA recommended its members not to use the Liberian registry until the country “answered the UN's call for increased transparency surrounding cashflows from the country”. In addition, the NSA noted at that time that “the UN Security Council has adopted a number of resolutions on the situation in Liberia …” The NSA says, “The Norwegian authorities have now recognized the positive developments in Liberia, not least by upgrading the Norwegian diplomatic presence in the country, cancellation of debts and providing assistance for reconstruction. On this basis, and because the Liberian registry has met the requirements of increased transparency concerning financial transactions between the registry and the Liberian government, the board of the NSA has found it appropriate to lift the recommendation to its members not to use the Liberian ship registry.”


Liberian Registry Opens Maritime Security Department

The Liberian Registry has opened a fully staffed maritime security department as part of its ongoing commitment to improving security in the international shipping industry. The maritime security department will help shipowners, operators and managers with the implementation of the new International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code. It will also be responsible for the approval of each ship's security plan and for co-ordination of the Liberian Registry's


Liberia Signs Agreement with U.S. to Suppress WMD Proliferation by Sea

The Governments of Liberia and the United States have signed a landmark cooperation agreement covering measures to suppress the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and associated delivery systems and materials carried on vessels. The Liberian Registry is the first ship registry to put in place the Proliferation Security Initiative, an international initiative to prohibit the spread of illegal weapons of mass destruction. The US-Liberia accord


Liberian-Flag Fleet Doubles in 10 Years

The Liberian-flag fleet posted record growth figures in 2010 and has now doubled in size in the ten years since the management of the Liberian Registry was assumed by the US-based Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR). The Liberian-flag fleet was boosted by 586 new registrations last year. Of these, 149 were newbuildings. Net growth was 338 vessels, aggregating 13.6m gt. The average age of the 586 new registrations was 5.46 years, compared to the 17


Liberian Registry Applauds Ukraine Boost for Tanker Owners

The Liberian Registry welcomes the action recently taken by the Ukrainian government to reduce port costs for Liberian-flag ships, which will help tanker owners and raise standards in the Black Sea trades. The Ukrainian Government Order No.1069 of 17 July 2003 cancelled the different tonnage dues tariffs for vessels flying favored and non-favored flags. Tonnage dues are now the same for both categories. The effect of the change was to


LISCR Appoints Managing Director in Japan

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Shigeki Fukuda to head up its dedicated office in Tokyo as increasing numbers of Japanese shipowners and operators elect to flag their vessels with Liberia. Shigeki Fukuda is a vastly experienced and knowledgeable shipping executive. He spent 37 years with Japanese shipowner Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha, part of the Sumitomo group of companies


Liberia Sets Ship and Tonnage Records

The Liberian Registry celebrated the end of 2007 having achieved a major milestone in its history when its vessel count reached 2,665 and its aggregate gross tonnage peaked at 82,165,902. This comfortably surpasses the previous record of 2,617 ships and 81.5m gt, which was achieved in the period between 1975 and 1979. The Liberian Registry is one of the world’s largest and most active shipping registers, with a long-established track record of combining the highest standards for vessels and


Liberian Registry Launches Internet-Based Inspection

The Liberian Registry has launched a unique Internet-based vessel inspection application based on technology developed by the Wallem Group. The Internet-based inspection application will allow inspectors to compile inspection reports during annual safety inspections and will create a historical database of the vessel's condition. This secure database will be confidential to the registry and the relevant shipowner. Owners will however be offered the option of providing the vessel's condition


LISCR Offers Security Support to Congress

LISCR, the company which manages the Liberian Registry, has pledged its full support to the US Congress to improve security measures for ships visiting US ports. LISCR also identified security measures it has already implemented as a leading ship registry. Addressing the Special Oversight Panel on the Merchant Marine of the Armed Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives today, Yoram Cohen, CEO of LISCR said, "We stand ready to assist the Coast Guard or other U.S


LISCR Welcomes International Support for Liberia's Recovery

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-headquartered operator of the Liberian ship register, has welcomed pledges of international support - many of them from major shipowning nations - for the reconstruction of Liberia. At the International Reconstruction Conference on Liberia, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York last week, a total of $520 million was pledged to help Liberia meet a host of reconstruction and humanitarian needs


Private Equity Boosts Liberia Shipping Market

Scott Bergeron

The Liberian Registry says the entry of private equity funding into the ship finance market is helping to sustain its continued growth. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian registry, said


Liberia Authorizes Croatian Registry of Shipping

The Liberian Registry has authorized the Croatian Registry of Shipping (CRS) to act on its behalf in connection with the survey, audit, certification and plan-review of Liberian-flag ships and the companies which operate them.  The Liberian Registry adopts a proactive approach to the


Liberian Registry Debuts Shipping App

Allison Williams

The Liberian Registry has launched a mobile app to enable owners, managers, operators and others to communicate and interact with the registry on a round-the-clock basis. The FlagState App builds on Liberia’s commitment to provide innovative technology and services to its clients, who own


Liberian Investigation Affirms Tanker Hijacking

Kerala (Photo: Greek World Reporter)

Liberia continues its active investigation of the hijacking of the Liberian-flagged product tanker, Kerala, (IMO No.: 9390927), at Luanda, Angola on January 18, 2014, and although the investigation is still ongoing, the evidence gathered thus far by the INTERPOL Incident Response Team has allowed


Obituary: Michael E. Ford, USMMA '60

Michael E. Ford

Michael E. Ford, 75, of Waretown, NJ, passed away on January 4, 2014. Born in Washington, DC and raised in Chevy Chase, Md., he graduated from the #United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY, in 1960 with a degree in Marine Engineering


Shipping Finance Lawyer Joins New York Practice

Brad Berman: Photo credit:Norton Rose Fulbright

Seasoned shipping and corporate finance lawyer, Brad Berman, joins the global legal practice of Norton Rose Fulbright’s US member firm as a partner based in the New York Office. Brad Berman focuses his practice on maritime and corporate finance, offshore incorporation


Liberia Storms Ahead on MLC Certification

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Ninety-four percent of qualifying Liberian-flag ships have achieved successful Maritime Labour Convention 2006 compliance, just one week after the convention entered force, putting Liberia far ahead of any other international ship registry.


Liberian Registry Appoints New Vice President

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The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), a member of the YCF Group of companies and exclusive administrator of the world’s largest quality ship register, has appointed Christian Mollitor to the position of vice president.


YCF Group Expands Management Team in Germany

The YCF Group has appointed Carsten Gierga as managing director responsible for its activities in Germany. Suwarie Topaz, general manager, has also been promoted to vice-president, global marketing and business development with worldwide responsibilities.


Liberia Offers MLC Complaints Resolution Form

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The Liberian Registry launched an online Maritime Labor Complaint Resolution Form for seafarers, ahead of the entry into force of the Maritime Labor Convention 2006 on August 20, 2013. Liberia said it is committed to ensuring that seafarers who serve on Liberian-flag ships have decent working


Shipping Registries and Piracy Response

Brad Berman, ship finance and registry lawyer,  Partner at Holland & Knight (H&K)

International shipping registries have continued to sharpen their aim taken at a longstanding maritime problem: What is the appropriate response to piracy? As attacks have shifted from Somalia to West Africa, the issue remains at top of mind.


Liberia Endorses Videotel Training Programs

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Seven Videotel training courses have been approved by the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR/the Liberian Registry). This makes 17 total Videotel courses approved by LISCR and further cements Videotel’s long term connection with the Liberian Registry.


Greek-flag Registry Red Tape Clear-out

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Greek Shipping Minister urges owners to choose country's flag as registry gets revamp. Greek Shipping Minister Constantinos Mousouroulis has unveiled a plan to modernize the Greek Shipping Registry that will come into effect imminently. Greece's shipping ministry will put in place a one-stop-shop


Liberia: Time for Openness on Ship Registries

Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (ISCR).

THE Liberian Registry says it is time to put an end to the outdated thinking which results in all open registers, irrespective of their safety record, being referred to pejoratively as ‘flags of convenience.’   Scott Bergeron


LISCR Appoints President & Managing Executive Officer

LISCR CEO Scott Bergeron

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Takeshi Okamoto as president and managing executive officer of its dedicated office in Tokyo with effect from January 4, 2013.  


 
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