LISCR, First in Safety & Security, was rated the world's top open registry by the Paris MOU (6/2002), a consortium of 14 European countries that coordinate the inspection of ships. Of the ten national ship registries that received a higher rating, most provide services for substantially fewer vessels. "The Liberian Registry is pleased to be recognized as the world's number one open registry," said Yoram Cohen, CEO of LISCR, a U.S. company that manages the day-to-day operations of the Registry. "We take pride in providing the highest standards of service for ships and their crews." The Paris MOU port authority monitors compliance with international rules on safety, pollution prevention, and living and working conditions for seafarers. Ships that fail to comply with the international standards can be detained until the defects are remedied. The 14 countries undertake to inspect 25 percent of the foreign flagged ships visiting their ports, then pool the information and harmonize procedures. The Paris MOU divides registries into three categories. The top performing registries -- which include the Liberian Registry -- are on the "White List." Mid-ranking registries are placed on the "Grey List." This year, the U.S. national registry slipped to the Grey List, which also includes Cayman Islands, Croatia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Italy, and Spain. The poorest performing registries are grouped together on the "Black List," which includes Cambodia and assorted other countries.
The Liberian Registry has taken a unique initiative by electing to train its own worldwide network of inspectors to perform verification audits for shipowners, operators and managers under the International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code. It has also decided to approve specific members of the International Association of Classification Societies as competent to carry out ISPS audits on behalf of Liberian-registered vessels.
The advisory board of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry applauds the initiatives taken by the Liberian Registry in connection with improving security in the international shipping industry. At its second annual meeting on April 7, 2003, the advisory board welcomed the decision of the Liberian Registry to set up a fully staffed maritimesecurity department and to appoint a dedicated director of maritime
December 31, 2006 marked the seventh anniversary of the Panama Canal's transfer from the United States to Panamanian operation. At this time, both the value of the Canal and its role in the global supply chain have unrivalled importance, with demand continuing to grow. In 1977, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Panamanian leader Gen. Omar Torrijos negotiated the Torrijos-Carter Treaty, between the Republic of Panama and the United States, which mandated that the Panamanian people
Greek shipowners have boosted the Liberian Registry, committing important newbuildings to the flag. European Navigation has committed five tanker newbuildings, Metro Star has put seven tankers onto the registry and Chandris-backed Celebrity Cruises chose the Liberian flag for its newbuilding cruise ship Millennium and has committed two further newbuildings to the flag. Yoram Cohen, chief executive of LISCR, which manages the Liberian Registry, says
The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) has welcomed action by the Government of Liberia to seek IMF auditing of funds from the Liberian registry. Yoram Cohen, CEO of LISCR, says, "Last week the Government of Liberia formally asked for IMF assistance to audit and ring fence revenues from the ship registry. We applaud that, and believe it will reassure shipowners that they can continue to enjoy all the benefits of using the Liberian flag."
The Bahamas is hoping to boost its ship registry from the third largest in the world to number one with the help of one of the country’s closest and most significant trading allies, the Bahamas Journal reported. It is one of the reasons why the government sought to renew its commitment with officials of the Port of Palm Beach, the 4th busiest port in Florida and the 18th busiest in the United States. Minister of Maritime Affairs and Labour Senator Dion Foulkes officially made that move
The Isle of Man Ship Registry has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd in Tokyo in order to facilitate the registration and related services to its growing number of Japanese clients. The services that Toko Maruraku Transportation Co. Ltd can perform will include the registration of vessel and mortgage registration and the Isle of Man Ship Registry has agreed to provide all the necessary support
THE Liberian Registry has awarded an honorary Master’s Licence to the Revd Canon Ken Peters, Director of Justice & Welfare for the Mission to Seafarers, in recognition of the generous and continued support he has provided in connection with Liberia’s Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) Inspector Training Courses. Presenting the award during the Mission to Seafarers Reception held at Lambeth Palace in London on September 27, Michalis Pantazopoulos
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. He succeeds Shigeki Fukuda, who will now assume the role of chairman of LISCR Japan, in which capacity he will continue to be active in the strategic management of the registry.
The U.S. Coast Guard detained motor vessel Stargold Trader to its berth in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, until the safety deficiencies found onboard are corrected by the vessel’s crew. Port State Control officers from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland
Panama's Canal Authority has slapped a fine of up to $1-million on the owners of a North Korean ship seized in July 2013 for smuggling Cuban weapons destined for North Korea hidden under 10,000 tons of sugar, reports Reuters. The ship, the Chong Chon Gang, and its 35-member crew remain in Panama
The 'Donald Duckling' was detained by the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) this week after an inspection revealed a long list of safety concerns, and will not be allowed to leave the Port of Tyne until mechanical and safety issues are resolved, reports the 'Shields Gazette'.
Twenty more maritime companies came together to sign the Maritime Singapore Green Pledge to signify their commitment towards promoting clean and green shipping in Singapore. They join the 40 companies that have already signed the Green Pledge so far.
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.
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
IoM cooperation with the Korean Register (KR) could yield more Asia based tonnage for the Isle of Man ship registry; more than a third of Isle of Man Ship flagged tonnage now operated by ship owners from the Asia Pacific region. The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IoM) recently completed a pilot
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.
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.
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.
Heightened security should be implemented now on all merchant ships transiting the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean, UK Maritime security company GoAGT advises shipmasters. The warning comes after reports that the "Cosco Asia", a Panamanian registered ship
On Saturday August 31, 2013, a terrorist act was directed to traffic at the Suez Canal. The terrorists targeted one of the ships going through the waterway, MV Cosco Aisia, hoisting the Panamanian flag. The attempt failed with no damage, whatsoever, either to the ship or its cargo of containers
The Panamanian-flagged vehicle carrier 'Caribbean Highway', 110 miles off San Diego, contacted the Coast Guard requesting assistance for a 21-year-old crewmember who was in labor. A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector San Diego transported a Coast Guard flight surgeon and
As part of the preparations for the expanded Panama Canal, the Board of Inspectors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has certified 12 new tugboat captains after successfully completing training. This is the fourth group of the program which started in 2008 and has certified 47 tugboat
The Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has signed an MoU with the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) to allow cooperation on technical research and to work together on a range of international activities.