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USCG Awards Flag of Quality to UK Ship Register

The U.K. Ship Register has become one of only around 20 in the world to keep the prestigious United States Coast Guard (USCG) award for excellence. The register, which is administered by the United Kingdom’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), regulates and inspects the ships that sail under the UK flag.  It was recognised for the USCG’s Qualship 21 for 2014-15, thanks to an excellent Port State Control record achieved by U.K.-flagged vessels.  Qualship 21 assesses ships’ safety and pollution prevention records and is awarded against a stringent set of criteria, including the requirement for a less-than 1 percent detention ratio over a rolling thee-year average.  The award reduces the likelihood that U.K.-registered ships will be proactively targeted for future inspection by U.S. Port State Control inspectors. Head of the U.K. Ship Register, Debasis Mazumdar, said, “The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is delighted to have kept Qualship 21 for the UK Ship Register. The U.K. Ship Register team works closely with our customers to maintain excellent Port State Control records for ships registered under the U.K. flag; this success is due in large part to the high standard of service delivered by the MCA’s surveyor and the high quality of ships registered with us.”

Malta Shipping Register is World's 6th Largest

Picture: Transport Malta

Malta ship register becomes the sixth largest worldwide, remains largest in Europe. As at end of December 2014, the registered gross tonnage under the Merchant Shipping Act was 57.9 million gross tons with over 2,500 merchant vessels fly the Maltese flag. In 2013, Malta ranked in the seventh place. Transport Malta, the Authority responsible for the Malta Ship Register, has reported a strong and positive performance for 2014.  

Britain Investigates Report Of Port Blocking Falkland Ships

Britain's Foreign Office is investigating a report that an Argentine port authority had said it would bar ships registered in the Falkland Islands from docking. A yacht master reportedly informed authorities that after a brief stop in Ushuaia, on Argentina's southern tip, he was notified by port officials that they would not allow him to return because his vessel was registered in the Falklands. Argentina continues to claim the Falklands as its own territory and has only just begun to

Turkey Eases International Flag Requirements

Turkey has made key changes to the requirements for registration on its international ship register. The changes will make it simpler for both shipowners and financiers to take advantage of Turkish registration. Seyma Inal, senior partner at Istanbul-based Inal Law Office says, "The biggest change, published last week, is that ships no longer have to call at a Turkish port before they can be registered on the Turkish International Ship Registry

Hong Kong Registry Exceeds 10 mgt

The Hong Kong Shipping Register had achieved a record 10.71 million gross registered tons (GRT) with a total of 581 ships signed up as Hong Kong vessels, Reuters reported. The tonnage on the government-administered register had grown by more than four million GRT in less than two years and exceeded 10 million GRT two years earlier than originally forecast, a government statement said. It reached a peak of nine million GRT in June 1996

Hamburg Süd's 'Santa Cruz' Now Flying Luxembourg Flag

Santa Cruz: Photo credit Hamburg Süd

Previously operated under the Liberian flag, the 7,100 TEU container ship has been re-registered with the EU-member nation. The “Santa Cruz”, which sails in the Europe – South America East Coast liner service, is the first Hamburg Süd vessel to be entered in Luxembourg'’s shipping register. The move brings Hamburg Süd a step closer to its aim of operating 60 per cent of its owned ships under European flags

Record Tonnage for Isle of Man Registry

Isle of Man Ship Registry Sails into The Year of The Dragon with Record Tonnage.   The Isle of Man ship registry, one of the world’s leading ship registries, just announced record tonnage for the year ending 2011, entering the Year of the Dragon with a bang. Gross Registered Tonnage (GRT) is the datum used to compare the world’s ship registers and a year on year comparison shows a 12% increase in total GRT, climbing steadily from 12.36m GRT at the end of 2010 to 13

Costa Concordia Removal – Salvage Tenders in Hand

Owners considering tenders for flotation, removal of Costa Concordia wreck with hull in one piece The Company has set up a technical committee with representatives from Costa Crociere, Carnival Corporation & plc, Fincantieri shipyard, RINA (the Italian shipping register) and experts from industry and academia to determine the best plan for removal of the ship, in coordination with the relevant authorities. Costa Crociere invited the world’s 10 leading salvage companies to

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, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (ISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, says, “Liberia is one of thirteen flags which have just been given a clean bill of health by the International Chamber of

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. The YCF Group of companies includes the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the exclusive administrator of the world’s largest quality ship register, EuroFlag Services (EFS)

Palau Ship Registry Eyes Asia Expansion

Jai Acharya (Photo: PISR)

With the opening of three new offices in Asia, The Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) said it is pushing ahead with a growth strategy intended to place the Palau flag among the region’s foremost ship registers.  The newly opened offices in Qingdao and Dalian, China, and Tainan

Lloyd's Register Acquires Fuel Testing Arm

Photo: Lloyds Register

Lloyd's Register announced it has acquired fuel testing service provider Guardian Marine Testing.   The newly formed Lloyd's Register GMT Ltd combines Lloyd’s Register’s technical expertise with Guardian Marine Testing’s fuel testing operation to offer solutions to the

Portugal: Searching for Lost Maritime Glory

(Photo: iStock)

Although a small nation on the Atlantic shores, Portugal in the 16th century was credited with discovering most of the “New World” previously unknown to Europe. In the process it became the richest nation in the West. The names of Bartolomeu Dias (Africa)

Liberia Registry Launches Web-based Liability Certificate Facility

Photo courtesy of The Liberian Registry

The Liberian Registry has launched a new service enabling shipowners and managers to apply online for certification under the major international liability conventions.   Earlier this year, Liberia launched an online certification facility on its secure eMaritime website to expedite

Two Singaporean Boats Detained by Indonesia

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 Two Singapore-registered vessels have been detained in Indonesia the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said.  The sole Singaporean who was caught along with those ships is a marine surveyor and he returned to Singapore on March 16.  

Malta: Sixth largest Maritime Flag Worldwide

Image: The Merchant Shipping Directorate, Malta

 The Malta Ships Register has become the sixth largest maritime flag in the world, according to statistics for 2014, says a report in Fenech & Fenech Advocates.   Malta has moved up from seventh place in 2013 and has retained its position as the largest in Europe

UK Register’s Largest Ship Docks in Southampton

Photo: UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The largest vessel registered in the UK Ship Register has arrived in Southampton today.   CMA CGM Kerguelen, a 398-meter-long containership operated by the CMA CGM Group, is big enough to pack five and a half A380 Airbuses on. It is capable of carrying 17

Australia Announces Reforms to Coastal Trading Regime

  In its budget this week, Australia's Federal government announced reforms for foreign-flagged vessels operating in the country's waters. The new measures appear to revert to something similar to the earlier pre-2012 coastal trading system.

SKANReg Recruits UK Ship Register's Mazumdar as CEO

Debasis Mazumdar (Photo: SKANReg)

After four groundbreaking years as head of the UK Ship Register (UKSR), Debasis Mazumdar is moving on to become CEO of the London-headquartered St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg), with a mission to drive further growth for the ambitious ten-year-old Caribbean flag state.

Liberian Registry Shortlisted for Ship Efficiency Awards

Scott Bergeron (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberian Registry has been named as a finalist for the 2015 Ship Efficiency Awards.   The Liberian Registry was selected as one of five finalists for the Initiative of the Year award. The nomination is in respect of Liberia’s Global Eco-Upgrade Financing Program

New MCA Role to Spur UK Ship Register Growth

With the aim of growing the U.K. Ship Register and attracting more maritime business to the U.K., a new a senior level director role has been created at the U.K. Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) as part of the government’s aspiration to grow the nation’s share with the global

Importance of the UK Ship Register

Robert Goodwill MP. Photo by Government of UK

 The Department for Transport has planned to make the UK Ship Register more attractive, so that it rightly becomes the ship register of choice for quality owners and operators, says Robert Goodwill MP.   He asserted his relentless commitment to economic growth throughout the maritime

Transas e-Logbook Gets Panama Flag Approval

Courtesy Transas

The Panama Marine Authority has confirmed the Transas Electronic Logbook as equivalent to the paper version for use on board the ships registered under the Panamanian Flag.   Successful approval of the Transas e-Logbook by the largest shipping flag state is an important milestone in

Shipping Delivering Real CO2 Reduction

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe

  In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in December, the global shipping industry, as represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), has launched some key messages to government negotiators, explaining the impressive progress the industry is making to reduce

First SA Cargo Ship Registered

Photo: SAMSA

 Three South Africa youths made history in South Africa’s maritime economy sector at the weekend when they boarded the country’s first registered cargo ship since the dawn of democracy.   Similarly, the city of Nelson Mandela Bay also marked its name in the country’s

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