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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.”


Panama's Alfonso Castillero Moves to Liberian Registry

Alfonso Castillero: Photo Liberian Registry

The Liberian Registry informs that Alfonso Castillero, former Director-General of the Panama Registry, has joined their organization as Vice-President. Castillero worked for sixteen years in the Panamanian maritime sector, rising through the ranks to become head of the registry and director-general of the merchant marine. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry


Vanuatu Expands its Presence in Asia

The Republic of Vanuatu, with an established network of offices, deputy commissioners, special agents and inspectors in Asia – Tokyo, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand -- has expanded its presence in the People’s Republic of China with the recent establishment of an office in Shanghai. On May 1, 2007, Mr. C.C.Tan, Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs, Singapore and China and managing director of Richfield Marine Agencies (S) Pte Ltd


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


Greek-flag Registry Red Tape Clear-out

Greek Flag: Photo credit Wiki CC2

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 e-registry responsible for the receipt of the applications, their processing and the monitoring of the necessary steps tied to registering vessels.


Isle of Man Flag Appoints Raja Ray as BDM, Singapore

Captain Raja Ray

  The Isle of Man Ship Registry has appointed Captain Raja Ray as business development manager in Singapore. The senior appointment is aimed at strengthening the flag’s position in the growing shipping markets of Asia Pacific. Captain Raja is a senior maritime professional who spent almost 20 years working for American Eagle Tankers (AET) as master and then ashore in Singapore and London in Health, Safety


Africa Seeks to Make Maritime More Economically Important

Participants at the opening ceremony of the African Maritime meeting held in Mombasa, Kenya.

Plagued by low sources of revenue in their economies, African maritime stakeholders are meeting in Mombasa, Kenya to look into ways the industry could add to national revenue base.   Key debate issue on the first day revolved around whether Africa should adopt an open or closed ship registry system. While maritime experts and industry players yearn for an open form of registry, viewed as a means to boost the number of ships in the continent, hence revenue from taxation


Liberia: Shipping Does Not Need New Regulations

One of the world’s largest and most active shipping registers, The Liberian Registry, has called on shipping regulators to ensure the effective implementation of existing rules to protect human life, safety and the environment, rather than creating new rules and regulations instead. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry, the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, said


Liberia is Top Open Register for Greek Shippers

Image: LISCR

Figures released by the Greek Shipping Cooperation Committee (GSCC) show that Liberia has further strengthened its position as the undisputed leading open registry of choice for Greek shipowners and operators.   The GSCC statistics show that, in the year to end-March 2015, the number of Greek-controlled ships in the Liberian Registry increased by a net total of 61 vessels, more than any other registry in the world


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 shipowners’ compliance with the requirements of the Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks 2007 (WRC). Following the success of that initiative


Marshall Islands Becomes Largest Tanker Flag

Source: Clarksons Research

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry has attained status as the world's largest tanker fleet following the addition of tonnage from markets in Greece, the U.S. and Asia over the summer. The RMI flagged tanker fleet stands at 44.6 million gross tons (GT).  


Industy Supports EU's Call for Financial Incentive to Enhance Sustainable Recycling

Photo: NGO Shipbreaking Platform

 The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted an own initiative opinion that calls on the European Commission to introduce an incentive that will “eliminate the abuses of irresponsible ship dismantling through a system which creates added value in an end-of-life ship”


Flag States must be Proactive in Difficult Times - Liberia

Alfonso Castillero, Vice-President Photo Liberian Registry

Flag states must be proactive in the best interests of shipowners, operators and managers, rather than simply fulfilling their traditional role as certification bodies.   Alfonso Castillero, Vice-President of the Liberian Registry, told a recent Liberian Port State Control seminar in Tokyo


Liberian Registry Strengthens Asia Team

Wan Ching Chiang (Photo: LISCR)

The Liberian Registry has announced strategic new appointments in a number of key areas within the Asian regional offices operated by its US-based manager, the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR).   Wan Ching Chiang has been promoted to Registrations Manager for the


Liberia is Top Open Register for Greek Shipowners

Scott Bergeron (Photo: LISCR)

Figures released by the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee (GSCC) show that Liberia has cemented its position as the undisputed leading open registry of choice for Greek shipowners.   The GSCC statistics show that, in the year to end-March 2016


Maritime Cook Islands Appoints Hastings, Technical Manager

Will Hastings Photo MCI

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, has just appointed William Hasting as a Technical Manager serving the European region, and in so doing significantly boosting MCI’s presence in Europe. His appointment takes place with immediate effect.


NUS, MPA Conduct Joint Research in Ocean Governance

Pic: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

 The Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be setting up a joint research programme to build up institutional expertise in ocean governance and to spearhead thought leadership in areas


Republic of the Marshall Islands Continues Strong Growth

Image: Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries

 International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI) provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries.   The RMI Maritime Registry has surpassed another significant fleet milestone


Maritime Turkey Set for a Tailwind

Kosbas Terminal serves as a Free Zone. (Photo by Turkish Chamber of Shipping)

Turkey is strategically located, straddling both Europe and Asia with substantial number of Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea ports, thus making maritime trade and shipping of great importance to the country’s economy. Its extensive coastline running for 8,483 km, (1


Liberian Registry Implements Cost-saving Measures

Scott Bergeron (Photo: Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry)

The Liberian Registry announced the introduction of a range of cost-saving provisions which it said will help mitigate the burden and financial strain currently being placed on owners and operators of Liberian-flag vessels during the sustained economic downturn in the maritime and offshore sectors


Liberian Registry to Recognize Green Award Ships

Photo: LISCR

Liberia has become the first flag state to participate in the Green Award program, under which eligible shipowners will be offered significant annual tonnage tax discounts.   Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR)


Mersey Maritime: Small Business at Heart of Isle of Man Partnership

Chris Shirling-Rooke, CEO Mersey Maritime; Lars T Ugland, chairman of IOMSA; and Coin Lavelle, Legal Director, Hill Dickinson (Photo: Mersey Maritime)

UK Industry trade body Mersey Maritime has announced a new trade agreement with the Isle of Man Shipping Association (IOMSA) which aims to supercharge bilateral trade, particularly among small to medium sized businesses.   The agreement was announced at a special reception during


CCS is Authorized RO for Maritime Cook Islands

CCS Chairman and President, Sun Licheng. photo MCI

Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) has authorized the China Classification Society (CCS) as a Recognized Organization (RO), to conduct survey and certification of ships flying the Cook Islands flag. The formal agreement between MCI and CCS which is a full member of the International Association of


Newest Merchant Ship to Fly SA Flag at Port of Port Elizabeth

Hoisting of the South African flag. (Photo: Port of Port Elizabeth)

The Port of Port Elizabeth is home port of a third ship to be registered on the South African Ships Register. This marks another step in South Africa’s drive to become a recognized Maritime Nation in line with the government’s Operation Phakisa initiative which aims to unlock the


How the Marshall Islands became a top U.S. Crude Destination

Best known for diving, lagoons and the island that gave the world the name for the bikini swimsuit, the Marshall Islands is now gaining attention as a top-five destination for U.S. crude exports despite the lack of a refinery to process the oil.






 
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