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Liberia Opens Maritime Training Institute

At the opening ceremony, front row, left to right: Juah Lawson, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Liberian Maritime Administration; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia; Abraham Avi Zaidenberg, managing director of LMTI; James Kollie, Liberian Maritime Administration Commissioner; and U.S. Ambassador Christine Elder (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberia Maritime Training Institute (LMTI) was officially opened by Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during an inauguration ceremony in Marshall City, Liberia, on January 5. The facility is named after John G Bestman, former Liberian finance minister and a member of the board of governors of the Central Bank of Liberia. Under the management of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), LMTI has undergone a massive renovation and facility modernization program over the past two years, resulting in the creation of a new campus and state-of-the-art facilities.

Scott Bergeron appointed CEO of LISCR

Scott Bergeron

Scott Bergeron has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry. Bergeron joined LISCR in 2000 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that, he developed a wide range of experience in the shipping industry, working for shipowner/manager Laurin Maritime, for Det Norske Veritas and for the US Coast Guard, as well as gaining practical seagoing experience on a variety of different types of ship. Yoram Cohen and Adam Cohen will remain as Chairman and Executive Vice-Chairman, respectively, of LISCR.

LISCR and LSC condemn IRI legal action

Yoram Cohen, CEO of the Liberia International Ship & Corporate Registry, has described as "completely unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue" allegations made by International Registries Inc. on May 11, 2000, pursuant to the filing of a lawsuit against LISCR in the Supreme Court of New York. "The allegations," says Cohen, "will trigger a massive counter-suit by LISCR against IRI. "LISCR is a private company operated and fully owned from the United States by U.S. nationals, completely independent of the Liberian government," says Cohen. "It complies fully with all aspects of U.S. regulatory law. Since assuming control of the Liberian Registry on January 1, 2000, LISCR has made significant gains in both its ship registration and corporate registration activities.

LISCR Calls for UN Audit

the government from Liberia's shipping registry. funds from the Registry income. has confused LISCR with the former Bureau of Maritime Affairs in Liberia. not LISCR or the Registry. presentation to the UN Sanctions Committee. open register propaganda do not help Liberia at all. cooperative and have given the UN full disclosure. report. publicly reported auditing scheme to international standards. very highest standards of safety and security. corporate program. Commissioner-designate of Maritime Affairs, J. corporate registry being managed by LISCR. Liberia in 1999 and find it completely satisfactory and fair. agent of the maritime and corporate program. nation. prosper under the management of LISCR. Mr. relationship with LISCR. maritime program. humanitarian purposes.

LISCR Unveils New Seafarer's Identity Card

Registry (LISCR). its docket. by providing a counterfeit-proof identity document. information. one swipe. spot, preventing identity fraud. begins this month, will cover 2,000 seafarers around the globe. card. testing period. information on special seafarer's qualifications on the card. International Labor Organization (ILO). Card printing and supplementary project management will be provided by Datacard Group, a leading identification solution provider with customers in more than 120 countries. Datacard's ID Works platform will be used to produce the cards.

LISCR Welcomes Liberian Legislation

The Advisory Board of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), at its inaugural meeting, held in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Connecticut Maritime Association, in Stamford, Conn., has set a positive agenda designed to drive forward the Liberian Registry's goal of achieving excellence in standards of quality and service. In his address to the CMA's lunch, Board chairman Rex Harrington reported that the Board had welcomed a number of developments but had also addressed critical issues facing the industry. The Board has set itself and LISCR a timetable to monitor progress and to ensure that the Liberian Registry continues to be the industry leader.

LISCR Appoints Molzahn to Manager in Hamburg Office

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Jorg Andreas Molzahn as regional operations manager of its dedicated Hamburg office. Molzahn has seagoing experience as a senior officer on tankers, containerships and passenger vessels, as well as being a qualified nautical inspector. His role at LISCR’s Hamburg office will include, among other duties, the review of ship security plans and safety management manuals, the conduct of onboard and shore-based ISPS and ISM/ISO audits, and the co-ordination of ISPS/ISM certification operations. Germany is one of the Liberian Registry’s largest client bases in terms of both tonnage and numbers of ships – and it is growing all the time.

LISCR Appoints Molzahn to Manager in Hamburg Office

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Jorg Andreas Molzahn as regional operations manager of its dedicated Hamburg office. Molzahn has seagoing experience as a senior officer on tankers, containerships and passenger vessels, as well as being a qualified nautical inspector. His role at LISCR’s Hamburg office will include, among other duties, the review of ship security plans and safety management manuals, the conduct of onboard and shore-based ISPS and ISM/ISO audits, and the co-ordination of ISPS/ISM certification operations. Germany is one of the Liberian Registry’s largest client bases in terms of both tonnage and numbers of ships – and it is growing all the time.

LISCR opens London office

Liberia International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the new operator of the Liberian Register, is to open a London office on October 1. Captain Tony Goddard has been appointed as head of the new office. Captain Goddard joins LISCR from Novoship (U.K.) Ltd., where he was responsible for fleet safety. He was previously Chief of Marine Safety of Liberia and the Marshall Islands. Jerry Smith, chief operating officer for LISCR, says, "Our London office will enable us to provide a direct and prompt service to the important cluster of owners and operators in London and North Europe who use the Liberian flag and corporate register."

Brad L. Berman Joins Holland and Knight as Partner

New York City – April 29, 2011 – Holland & Knight is pleased to announce that Brad L. Berman has joined the firm as Partner in the firm's New York City office. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Berman served as Executive Director of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the world's second largest ship registry and 60+ year old corporate registry, where he oversaw all aspects of the Liberian corporate and shipping program, including corporate and other entity formation, and ship registration and mortgaging.

LISCR Offers Security Support to Congress

visiting US ports. LISCR also identified security measures it has already implemented as a leading ship registry. Services Committee of the U.S. CEO of LISCR said, "We stand ready to assist the Coast Guard or other U.S. agencies in any way we can. Statistics show that the U.S. depends on open registry vessels for its international trade. Cohen explained "For the U.S. Cohen explained, "Ships entering US waters pose a potential threat to national security. how the ship functions. to it. to clients and compliance with international obligation. seafarers and their qualifications. record of multi-national seafarers in the world. biometric identification measures for seafarers. comprehensive security manual for ship operators. conference. and monitoring available to US authorities. the Registry.

LISCR Appoints President & Managing Executive Officer

LISCR CEO Scott Bergeron

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. Takeshi Okamoto joined the Liberian Registry from ClassNK in 2012 as director of LISCR’s Tokyo office.

LISCR Appoints New GM for London

Robert Twell

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Robert Twell as general manager of its dedicated London office, in succession to Jonathan Spremulli. Robert Twell joins LISCR from CMA Ships UK Ltd/CMA CGM Group, where he was the Safety and Security Manager and DPA/CSO based in London. Prior to that he was with the National Sea Training Centre, a leading provider of maritime education and practical training, where he was Head of Department in Marine Studies and Fire Fighting.

Liberian Registry Appoints London GM

Kostas Ladas (Photo: Liberian Registry)

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Kostas Ladas as general manager of its London office. Ladas joins LISCR from London-based ship and insurance broker and agent Victoria Steamship Co. Ltd., where he was vessel operations manager. Prior to that, he spent over 25 years with Coscon/Cosco (U.K.) Ltd. in London, where he held a variety of executive roles, including Chartering & Shipbroking deputy general manager, commercial manager and company legal adviser.

LISCR offers security support to US Congress

visiting US ports. Cohen, CEO of LISCR said, "We stand ready to assist the Coast Guard or other US agencies in any way we can. Statistics show that the US depends on open registry vessels for its international trade. Cohen explained, "Ships entering US waters pose a potential threat to national security. been and how the ship functions. explained, LISCR has the data, and the Coast Guard can have real-time access to it. "LISCR has set out to be an innovator and product leader in terms of service to clients and compliance with international obligation. seafarers and their qualifications. record of multi-national seafarers in the world. biometric identification measures for seafarers. comprehensive security manual for ship operators. conference. and monitoring available to US authorities.

LISCR Appoints Managing Director in Japan

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Shigeki Fukuda to head up its dedicated office in Tokyo as increasing numbers of Japanese shipowners and operators elect to flag their vessels with Liberia. Shigeki Fukuda is a vastly experienced and knowledgeable shipping executive. He spent 37 years with Japanese shipowner Daiichi Chuo Kisen Kaisha, part of the Sumitomo group of companies, and subsequently served as a director on the boards of a number of Daiichi subsidiary companies.

LISCR Welcomes International Support for Liberia's Recovery

nations - for the reconstruction of Liberia. over the next two years. demonstrate international solidarity with Liberia at a decisive moment. peace and well-being throughout West Africa. by Liberia," promised Powell. Rights, said the European Union would not be found wanting in its support. long-term development of Liberia. accountability and inclusion. committed to putting transparency and accountability mechanisms in place. maritime programme. to pay in full all the salaries outstanding to Liberian civil servants. international standing. to Liberia's return to stability and democracy. commitment to transparency and accountability.

Liberian Registry Appoints New Vice President

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. This newly created role represents a return to LISCR for Mollitor. Having formerly held the position of Assistant Department Head of Seafarer Certification and Documentation, he left the registry in 2001 to further develop his career. This…

ITF Targets Liberian Flag

The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has launched a campaign to bring down the Liberian shipping flag, which it accuses of bank-rolling a savage conflict in Sierra Leone. At least one ship owner has already been shaken by the allegations surrounding the flag and says it is looking at alternatives. Liberia receives tens of millions of dollars each year from respectable ship operators such as Royal Caribbean International and Germany's Hamburg Sud, seeking a favorable commercial environment for shipping in return for cash. Royal Caribbean said it was taking the issue seriously. "We've been in discussions with the (U.S.) State Department and we're considering other alternatives," Royal Caribbean's Lynn Martenstein said.

LISCR Welcomes Liberian Government IMF Move

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. The Government of Liberia has approached the IMF because of its experience of working with government finances, and because its independence and status will guarantee that the funds from the registry are seen to be spent in accordance with budgeted domestic policies. Cohen says, "The Liberian Registry has always been structured so that it is run by a U.S. company independent of daily Liberian politics.

LISCR refocuses London office

The Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR), which manages the Liberian Registry, has refocused its London office in order to provide shipowners and IMO with more experienced technical support. LISCR has appointed Peter Kidman, former Intercargo technical manager, to head up the office. Kidman is an experienced master mariner who is also qualified in maritime law. He has extensive experience of working with international shipping authorities. Yoram Cohen, ceo of LISCR, says, "London is a key international shipping centre and our office there has two challenging roles. One is to support the daily functions of the registry…

Liberia Endorses Videotel Training Programs

Seven Videotel training courses have been approved by the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR/the Liberian Registry). This makes 17 total Videotel courses approved by LISCR and further cements Videotel’s long term connection with the Liberian Registry. The seven Videotel courses approved are Advanced Oil Tanker Safety, Enclosed Space Entry and Emergency Awareness, ECDIS Training, GMDSS Training, IMDG Code Training, Marine Environmental Awareness and Maritime Security Awareness.

Spremulli Appointed LISCR General Manager, London

Photo courtesy Merlin Corporate Communications

The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, has appointed Jonathan Spremulli as general manager of its dedicated office in London, in succession to Stuart Williams, with effect from August 2, 2010. Jonathan Spremulli joins LISCR from leading classification society RINA, where he was Group Quality Manager, based in Genoa, Italy. Prior to that he was with Lloyd’s Register for 18 years as its Marine Training Manager in London following a number of roles, including a significant period in Asia surveying ships during construction.

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