Cook Islands News

20 Jun 2018

Maritime Cook Islands Highlights “Positive Progress” to Tokyo MOU White List

Image: Maritime Cook Islands Limited

The Cook Islands flag, operated by ship registry Maritime Cook Islands (MCI), has shown positive flag state performance, as reported in the latest report on Port State Control in the Asia Pacific Region by Tokyo MOU. The data and figures were published in the new report on Port State Control in the Asia Pacific by Tokyo MOU. The Tokyo MOU is “one of the most active regional port State control (PSC) organisations in the world” and consists of 20 member authorities in the Asia-Pacific region.

02 May 2018

Women Empowerment in Pacific Maritime

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Women in maritime are a key contributor to the maritime transport sector. This was the message of Helen Buni from International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s gender programme as she opened the second regional conference for Pacific Women in Maritime held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, (26–28 April). The conference highlighted the significant progress made by the women in maritime association (WIMA) in the Pacific to integrate more women into the industry. The event reaffirmed…

20 Mar 2018

CNCo, SPREP Ink Recycling MOU for Pacific Islands

James Woodrow, MD, CNCo signing the MOU in Singapore. Photo SPREP

The China Navigation Company (CNCo) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP) have today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address critical waste management issues in the Pacific islands. Known as the “Moana Taka Partnership”, this MOU allows for CNCo vessels to carry containers of recyclable waste from eligible Pacific island ports, pro bono, to be sustainably treated and recycled in suitable ports in Asia Pacific. “This historic partnership will be of great benefit to our Pacific islands…

13 Mar 2018

Tokyo MOU: Concentrated Inspection Campaign On Safety Of Navigation

Photo: Tokyo MOU

The concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation was carried out in the Tokyo MoU region from 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017. Within the campaign, Tokyo MOU member Authorities verified vital points of compliance in accordance with SOLAS Ch. V on all types of foreign merchant ships. During the CIC, member Authorities inspected a total of 6,720 vessels, of which 36 (0.54%) were detained as a direct result of the campaign. In total 157 (2.34%) ships were detained during the campaign.

06 Mar 2018

Maritime Cook Islands Gears Up for Stronger 2018

Graph: Maritime Cook Islands

Maritime Cook Islands (MCI), an international ship registry, is planning for another year of expansion after a solid performance in 2017. Despite the continuing challenging times in shipping, MCI says 2017 saw it make significant progress on several fronts. For 2017, MCI registered 130 new vessels. Our fleet grew by 3.6%; from 557 vessels at the end of 2016 to 577 (as of 13 December 2017). With 451,792 gross tonnage (GT) added for 2017, this brings the total GT for 2017 to 1,840,614 (as of 16 December 2017). This represents an increase of 3.76% from 2016’s total GT.

24 Nov 2017

Palau Registry Sails into Top Spot

Panos Kirnidis BEng, MSc – CEO of PISR. Photo: Palau International Ship Registry

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has become the fastest growing flag in the shipping world with an impressive 43.2% growth in the number of vessels joining the registry since 2013 according to Fairplay magazine. Recording strong growth that puts it well ahead of other expanding registries such as Portugal, Saudi Arabia and the Cook Islands, Palau has attracted significant numbers of tankers into its fleet along with Ro-Ro vessels, bulk carriers and offshore ships. Tankers currently comprise just under half of Palau’s fleet and Panos Kirnidis…

26 Oct 2017

IMO Promotes Fishing Vessel Safety

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

When it comes to fishing vessel safety, the mission is clear, says Sandra Allnutt of the International Maritime Organization (IMO): enhance safety to save lives. “We want to reduce loss of life in one of the most dangerous professions in the world, and we want to enhance safety on board fishing vessels,” said Ms Allnutt, Head of Maritime Technology in IMO’s Maritime Safety Division, following a regional seminar, in Cape Town, South Africa, to promote ratification and implementation of a key fishing vessel safety treaty known as the Cape Town Agreement of 2012.

28 Sep 2017

Liability Treaties at Pacific Islands

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

An International Maritime Organization (IMO)/Pacific Community (SPC) workshop in Fiji is supporting Pacific Island countries (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu) to implement treaties dealing with liability and compensation. The workshop, taking place in Suva (26-29 September), is providing a comprehensive overview of the IMO liability regime, including treaties covering wreck removal…

05 Sep 2017

IMO Addresses Fishing Vessel Safety

Pic: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Fishing continues to be considered the most hazardous occupation in the world, and despite the improvement in technology, the loss of life in the fisheries sector is unacceptably high. To address the issue, International Maritime Organization (IMO) has held a regional seminar in Rarotonga, Cook Islands (28 August - 1 September) on the ratification of an important IMO legal instrument called the Cape TownAgreement, providing Member Governments with the assistance needed to implement the treaty.

19 Jun 2017

ICS Urges IMO to Set Ballast Water Implementation Dates

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The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has urged the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to back a proposal from a broad coalition of governments concerning the implementation dates for installing new ballast water treatment systems. “If this pragmatic proposal is agreed, this would allow shipping companies to identify and invest in far more robust technology to the benefit of the marine environment,” said ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe. ICS says that this IMO decision on dates…

26 May 2017

Pacific’s Wild Weather Challanges in Search

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The Pacific’s wild weather and vast distances make it a challenging location for search and rescue, said Keith Manch, Director Maritime New Zealand, in his opening address at the Pacific Regional Search and Rescue workshop in Auckland, New Zealand (22-26 May). The objective of the workshop is to provide Pacific Search and Rescue (SAR) coordinators and responders with the tools to improve coordination between national SAR agencies. The event also aims to improve regional collaboration through formal protocols and communication ensuring a uniform SAR response throughout the Pacific.

24 Feb 2017

Maritime Cook Islands makes two appointments for Europe

Marilena Andrenacci Photo Maritime Cook Islands

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the international ship registry, hasrecently appointed Marilena Andrenacci as Fleet Manager, and Paula Manarangi as Manager for Europe, significantly boosting MCI’s presence in Europe. Both appointments are based in Italy. An experienced Project Manager, newly-appointed Fleet Manager Marilena Andrenaccispecialises in the implementation of government policy and stakeholder management often in an international and multilingual setting. Marilena has…

22 Feb 2017

Maritime Cook Islands Technical Department Reconstituted

Rachele Andreani Photo MCI

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the international ship registry, hassignificantly enhanced its technical department with a series of senior appointments. The new department now has a much stronger presence in the key European market following the appointments of Paolo Favilli, Rachele Andreani, Brendan Smith and Andrea Emanuele Pippa. Brendan Smith is based in Rarotonga, Cook Islands,home of the flag while his three colleagues are based in Europe. The reconstituted department, consisting of experienced professionals with industry-relevant technical expertise…

05 Oct 2016

Maritime Cook Islands Focuses on Next Generation on World Maritime Day

Students from various schools at WMD 2016 Photo Maritime Cook Islands

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”) joined the international maritime community in a celebration of World Maritime Day 2016 on September 29. The theme for 2016 is “Shipping: indispensable to the world”, focusing on the critical link between shipping and the global society. In the days leading up to the World Maritime Day 2016, Cook Islands government bodies – Foreign Affairs, Port Authority, Ministry of Education, Police and Ministry of Transport – and MCI got together to organise a series of activities to commemorate this important day of the maritime community worldwide.

12 Jul 2016

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 Classification Societies (IACS), will significantly open up opportunities for the Cook Islands Flag in China and will benefit shipowners in the region. Shipowners in China can now use CCS for all certification services including Load Lines…

09 Jun 2016

Paris MoU Publishes New Performance List

At its 49th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2015 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from July 1, 2016. The White, Grey and Black (WGB) List presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk. It is based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a three-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period. On the White, Grey and Black list for 2015, a total number of 73 flags are listed: 43 on the White List, 19 on the Grey List and 11 on the Black list.

23 May 2016

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, (1,067 km of which is island shores) has greatly contributed to the growth of Turkey’s maritime sector. Turkish shipyards have a tradition spanning eight centuries. At the time of the Ottoman Empire, shipyards were able to build large…

29 Apr 2016

Pacific Nations Take a Stand on Shipping Emissions

Photo: IMO

On Earth Day, Pacific leaders queued among 175 countries to sign the Paris Agreement in New York. Earlier that day in London, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)’s sister UN specialized agency, met to discuss shipping’s “fair share” in reducing greenhouse gases in a far less publicized and not nearly as successful climate change debate. Pacific and European nations have been pressing the IMO since before Paris to join the “coalition of higher ambition”.

19 Apr 2016

UK MCA Contract Award to PDMS

Bruce McGregor. Photo: PDMS Ltd

PDMS Maritime is delighted to announce a significant new contract with the UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to provide a new integrated system to incorporate seafarer management and approved doctor records, delivering process efficiency improvements and enhanced customer services, in line with the MCA's Digital Strategy. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an executive agency of the UK Department for Transport. Its responsibilities include UK ship registration and seafarer certification and it is widely recognised for its operational and technical ability.

15 Apr 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. William brings with him the knowledge gained at sea and ashore which are the qualities essential in helping with the oversight of the diverse fleet of vessels under the Cook Islands Administration. Glenn Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer of MCI…

07 Mar 2016

Maritime Cook Islands Enhance Registry Growth

Glenn Armstrong (Photo: PDMS

PDMS Maritime has announced that it has been awarded a new contract to deliver its international ship registry and seafarer management platform (MARIS) to Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) Limited, the corporate administrators of the Cook Islands international ship registry. MARIS will replace MCI’s existing legacy systems to provide the registry with a new, modern and complete enterprise system which covers all the key aspects of their business including: registry, survey, seafarers and service operations. The platform will also help the MCI to prepare for the IMO’s mandatory audit scheme (IMSAS).

29 Feb 2016

Steady Growth Recorded by MCI for 2015

Glenn Armstrong (Photo: MCI)

Ship registry Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) registered an 11 percent growth in the fleet last year with 201 new vessels, up from 184 in 2014. The fleet grew from 473 vessels in 2014 to 525 vessels at the end of December. In tonnage added terms in 2015, this is equal to 318,245 gross tons or a 21 percent increase. MCI'latest figures show that 149 Vessels were de-registered in 2015 and these were mainly yachts coming to the end of a three or five year registration. It also included 20 SOLAS cargo vessels some of which were sold and changed flag but most of which went to scrap.

29 Feb 2016

MCI Registers 11% Fleet Growth

Glenn Armstrong Photo Maritime Cook Islands ship registry

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the leading ship registry, registered an 11% growth in the fleet last year with 201 new vessels, up from 184 in 2014. The fleet grew from 473 vessels in 2014 to 525 vessels at the end of December. In tonnage added terms in 2015, this is equal to 318,245 gross tons or a 21% increase. Our latest figures show that 149 Vessels were de-registered in 2015 and these were mainly yachts coming to the end of a three or five year registration.It also included 20 SOLAS cargo vessels some of which were sold and changed flag but most of which went to scrap.

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