The Liberian Registry
has appointed Captain David Pascoe as Chief, Maritime
Operations & Standards. Pascoe will have overall responsibility for
Maritime Safety, Security, Investigations and Marine Technical and
Communications for the world's leading ship registry, and will replace Captain John Deleonardis, who has retired.
, ceo of LISCR, which manages the Liberian Registry, says, "We
welcome this experienced mariner into a tough job. He has a hard act to
follow, maintaining our record as the safest and highest quality major ship
registry. This year again Liberia is by far the largest register in the top
ten of the Paris MOU rankings, with a much stronger safety track record than
most national flags It is relatively easy for a small register in Europe to
manage quality, but it is much more of a challenge to do that for a global
register of our size. We will give David Pascoe
all the resources he needs
to maintain and strengthen our leading position, which is built on an
unremitting focus on quality by both LISCR and the high-calibre owners who
choose our registry. "
David Pascoe has nearly thirty years of professional experience in maritime
safety and environmental protection, the majority of which were with the US
Coast Guard. While in the Coast Guard, he served as Captain of the
Port/Officer in Charge Marine Inspection, directing maritime safety,
security, environmental protection and port state control activities for
vessels and ports in Maine and New Hampshire. He was also the director of
the USCG National Strike Force where he directed the activities of all Coast
Guard Strike Teams in responding to national and international oil and
chemical spill incidents, port contingency planning and exercises.
Pascoe has over ten years' experience with the United Nations International
Maritime Organisation (IMO), including formulating and negotiating US
environmental policy, and has chaired Working Groups, as frequent delegate
to IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee. He also served a two-year
secondment as IMO's Senior Adviser on Marine Pollution and Director of IMO's
Oil Pollution Co-ordination Centre during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Pascoe says, "From my experience with port state control and the IMO, I know
the high standards that the Liberian Registry delivers. I'm looking forward
to the challenge of my new role in helping run a first class registry."
In the recently released 2002 report of the Paris Memorandum of
Understanding on Port State Control, the Liberian Registry has once again
underlined its reputation for the highest standards of safety and efficiency
by retaining its position as the best-performing major ship register.
With the introduction of more selective targeting, expanded inspections and
new banning provisions, the Paris MoU is moving towards a zero-tolerance
policy. It ranks individual flags in Black, Grey and White Lists, based on
their performance over a three-year rolling period. The Liberian Registry is
consistently in the top ten in the prestigious White List, with a
significantly superior performance compared to registers of comparable size.
Liberia is similarly ranked by both the Tokyo and the US Coast Guard's Port
Cohen says, "Given the size of the Liberian Registry, which is the second
largest in the world, and the high number of European port calls made each
year by Liberian-flagged ships, there can be no doubting that Liberia's
reputation for safety and efficiency is well-deserved. And we welcome
third-party endorsement of that from such a widely respected source as the
"The Paris MoU has gone on record as saying that shipowners who register
ships under flags appearing on the black list may find that it is more
profitable to operate under quality flags or have their ships scrapped. We
can only endorse those opinions. There is no room for compromise on safety,
and the information is in the public arena for discriminating owners to