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15 Jul 2024

Panama Ship Registry Launches Digitized Queries Service

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The General Directorate of the Public Registry of Ship Ownership of the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) has implemented an exclusive email address to monitor and resolve all user queries.The email address [email protected] is attended by a group of specialists who will respond as soon as possible to queries, which will be documented and monitored until users see their questions resolved.The director of the Registry Marta Aparicio González, says the service marks the beginning…

19 Feb 2024

Potential Abolition of Danish International Ship Register Under Fire

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It is sad and worrying that the Frigast committee now proposes to scrap the Danish International Ship Register (DIS) scheme, says Danske Rederier (Danish Shipowners). The organization therefore makes a clear call to the government not to implement the proposal, as it will have major negative consequences for Danish shipping.The so-called Frigast committee published its recommendations for changes to the existing business support schemes this week. Among other things, the committee…

23 Jan 2024

Singapore Registry of Ships Reaches 100 Million Gross Tonnage

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The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) surpassed the 100 million gross tonnage (GT) milestone, with the registration of AET’s Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), Eagle Veracruz, on January 23, 2024.SRS is administered by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA). Established in 1966 and administering about 4,000 vessels aggregating over 100 million gross tonnage, the SRS is among the world’s largest ship registries with one of the youngest quality fleets.Eagle Veracruz, is a dual-fuelled LNG VLCC named after the Mexican state of Veracruz where one of the oldest ports in Mexico is located…

03 Oct 2023

Obituary: Captain David J.F. Bruce

Captain David J.F. Bruce, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and Senior Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs, RMI Maritime Administrator passed away on Friday, 29 September 2023. Image courtesy RMI

Captain David J.F. Bruce, Permanent Representative of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and Senior Deputy Commissioner of Maritime Affairs, RMI Maritime Administrator passed away on Friday, 29 September 2023. He was a loving husband to Alison for 53 years, father to Gwendoline, and grandfather to Alison and Alexander. Captain Bruce had a storied career and connection with the sea, first going to work at sea in 1957 after his studies at Melville College in Edinburgh…

09 Aug 2023

Panama Ship Registry Stands at 8,662 Vessels

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The Panama Flag Ship Registry administered by the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) reports that it added more than 5.9 million gross registered tons in the first half of 2023, and according to IHS Markit, at the end of June the Panama merchant fleet is made up of 8,662 ships totaling 249.8 million grt.As part of its competiveness strategy, the General Directorate of Merchant Marine in 2023 has established three quality objectives:Improve retention, compared to the last 10 years: By 2023, the Flag Registry reported retention of 37%, a figure that exceeds the average of the last 10 years (13.8%).

28 Jun 2023

Panama Pledges to Purge More Substandard Ships from World's Largest Registry

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The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) said on Tuesday it would continue to clean up its fleet to prevent substandard Panama-flagged ships from being detained in foreign ports, a week after the country was added to an international watch list.Panama's ships registry was last week added to the "grey list" of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), an agreement among 27 countries establishing an international inspection regime for foreign ships in other nations' ports, aiming…

12 May 2023

Panama Updates its General Merchant Marine Law

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The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) and Panama’s main maritime associations concluded the meetings for the revision of the General Merchant Marine Law, law 57 of August 6, 2008.A total of 188 articles were reviewed; 70 were modified; 10 were eliminated and more than 12 new articles were proposed, and all of them were approved in consensus. These amendments aim at improving the competitiveness of the Panama Ship Registry for remaining at the forefront of the maritime sector.For this Administration…

12 Dec 2022

Liberian Registry Hires Boyle as VP, Fleet Performance

The Liberian Registry announced that Commander Jason Boyle, United States Coast Guard-retired, has been hired as the Vice President of Fleet Performance of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR)  Photo courtesy LISCR

The Liberian Registry announced that Commander Jason Boyle, United States Coast Guard-retired, has been hired as the Vice President of Fleet Performance of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) at Headquarters in Dulles, VA.Boyle recently retired after 20 years in the United States Coast Guard (USCG) where he last served as the Chief, Port State Control division at USCG Headquarters. In this role at USCG headquarters, CDR Boyle was in charge of directing and implementing safety…

08 Jul 2022

World's Biggest Containership, Ever Alot, to fly the Panama Ship Registry Flag

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The Panama Ship Registry has added Ever Alot to its fleet, touted as the world’s biggest container ship and the first to break the 24,004 TEU mark. Panama has 18 of the world’s 20 largest container ships in terms of TEUs.The vessel is mammoth at 400 x 61.5 m, launched at the end of June and surpassing the Ever Ace as the world's largest container ship.  Like the other vessels, Ever Act, Ever Aim and Ever Alp, which have a slightly smaller capacity of 23,992 TEUs, it belongs to Evergreen's "A" Class, sailing mainly between Europe and Asia.

18 May 2021

Marshall Islands Achieves QUALSHIP 21 Milestone

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) was recognized for 17 consecutive years on the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) QUALSHIP 21 roster, making it the only one of the world’s three largest registries to attain QUALSHIP 21 status. As reported in the recently published Port State Control in the United States 2020 Annual Report, the RMI remains a top performer for 2020, even in the face of extraordinary challenges.More than 1,100 RMI flagged vessels were enrolled in QUALSHIP 21 in 2020, with an additional 78 having enrolled thus far in 2021. This means approximately one third of the QUALSHIP 21 certified vessels are flying the RMI flag…

20 Apr 2021

Isle of Man Ship Registry Flags Subsea 7’s Reel-Lay Ship Seven Vega

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The Isle of Man Ship Registry registered Subsea 7's newest vessel, Seven Vega.It is the eleventh Offshore Support Vessel built for Subsea 7 to be flagged with the Registry. Seven Vega has been designed to install economical flowline technologies that address the growing market trend towards longer tie-back developments, and sets a new standard for offshore pipelay.While most Subsea 7 vessels store piping and cabling in large carousel holds under deck, Seven Vega stows the product on external vertically mounted reels recessed into the deck with an open-top configuration.

08 Apr 2021

Liberian Registry Introduces Online Services for Seafarers

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The Liberian Registry has unveiled two new online platforms that aim to give seafarers easier access to apply for documents and credentials, and for taking Liberian license and upgrade examinations. The first platform is designed to allow seafarers to directly apply online for their seafarer documents necessary for sailing aboard Liberian flagged vessels at https://seafarers.liscr.com/. Further, the Liberian Registry completely overhauled and modernized its license examination…

05 Jan 2021

Kingdon Tapped to Rep Isle of Man Ship Registry in China

The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) has appointed Jonathan Kingdon as its first permanent representative in China. Photo: IOMSR

The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) has appointed Jonathan Kingdon as its first permanent representative in China.A well-known naval architect, experienced newbuilding project manager and Mandarin speaker, Kingdon has taken up the post from his base in Shanghai where he also heads up the Asia operation of IDWAL, a marine inspection and project management firm. He will join the Isle of Man Ship Registry’s network of overseas representatives in Greece, Japan and Singapore.Isle…

03 Feb 2020

Carnival's Mardi Gras Flagged in Panama

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Carnival bought their first cruise ship Mardi Gras in the 1970’s, nearly 50 years ago, and registered her under the Panama flag, now the new Mardi Gras will keep the tradition of flying the Panama flag.In a ceremony at the Meyer Turku shipyard, The Mardi Gras, left the dry dock to be positioned in the water en-route to her new location to finalize its interior and exterior outfitting.With a capacity for 5,282 passengers, Mardi Gras marks a milestone for both Carnival and the Panama Registry.

11 Nov 2019

DNV GL Awards AIP for SHI Cyber Secure Notation

The international accredited registrar and classification society DNV GL has presented South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (SHI) with an Approval in Principle (AIP) for the Cyber Secure (Advanced+) notation.According to DNV GL, this is the world’s first AIP for its Advanced+ addition to the Cyber Secure notation. The additional scope has been awarded as a result of the use of the Samsung Smart Ship Solution, SVESSEL.Cyber security is becoming a crucial part of design and operational ship safety. Its importance is certain to grow as connected systems onboard continue to proliferate as the industry moves toward smarter and autonomous vessels.

29 Oct 2019

Panama to Modernize Greek Ship Registry

A delegation of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) led by Panama’s Minister of Maritime Affairs and Administrator of the Panama Maritime Authority Noriel Arauz, visited Greece where it was received by the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis.The ministers reviewed the excellent relations between the two countries and discussed issues related to maritime affairs and shipping.Minister Noriel Arauz, who was accompanied by Panama’s new Ambassador to Athens Ms Julie Limberopoulos and his technical team, met with the Greek Shipowners’ Association, its president Theodore Veniamis and George Angelopoulos, vice…

10 Oct 2019

Liberian Registry Opens Japan Office

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The Liberian Registry opened a full-service office in Imabari, Japan, as part of the continued expansion of its presence in Asia.Led by Eiji Okazaki, President of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR) Japan, the Imabari office is comprised of key staff trained to handle ship registrations and technical issues locally. He has been leading the Tokyo office since 2017, and has helped develop the office to now being one of Liberia’s major and most active locations.The office-warming party was held on October 3…

08 Aug 2019

Cyprus Approves Russian Maritime RS

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) has signed a new agreement with the Maritime Administration of the Republic of Cyprus (the Cyprus MA).The new agreement extends the scope of the RS authorization by the Cyprus MA. In particular, RS is now authorized to perform surveys of ships flying the flag of the Republic of Cyprus for compliance with the requirements of the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), Code of Safety for Special Purpose Ships, Code of Safety for Diving Systems.The agreement is effective from August 1, 2019, said Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.On behalf of the Cyprus MA, the agreement was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Shipping Deputy Ministry…

10 Jul 2019

Denmark Launches Digital Shipping Register

Denmark will have a digital register of shipping by 2020 that will lower costs for business communities and provide easier access to data, announced the Danish Maritime Authority (DMA).DMA will now start developing the new digital Danish Register of Shipping. This specifically means that future reporting and registration of ships will occur digitally. Furthermore, it will be easier and faster to access data."As one of the first in the world, we are making the move to digital registration with our new register of shipping, which we are now starting to develop. This will definitely reduce the administrative burden for those companies that have their ships registered under the Danish flag…

02 Jul 2019

Shipping Firms Drop UK Flag as Brexit Looms

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Companies are leaving Britain's shipping registry due to uncertainty over Britain's departure from the European Union and future commercial arrangements with the bloc, industry officials say.All commercial ships have to be registered, or flagged, with a particular country partly to comply with safety and environmental regulations. Shipping companies in many so-called "flag states" pay corporation tax based on vessel tonnage rather than profit.Britain's ship registry forms part…

01 Jul 2019

Paris MoU Annual Report 2018 Published

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“Consistent Compliance” : The Paris MoU has published its 2018 Annual Report on July 1, 2019, which can be found on the website. This report contains the details of the activities of the Paris MoU during 2018. In 2018 there were 24 Refusal of Access Orders (referred to as “bannings”) issued. This shows a decrease from 32 in 2017. Refusal of access (banning) has been used 77 times since 2016.The detention percentage decreased to 3.15% (from 3.87%) and the number of detainable deficiencies also decreased to 3,171 (from 3,883 in 2017).

14 Jun 2019

Greece Hosts Shortsea Shipping Day

Panos Kirnidis, CEO of Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) was one of the first speakers to welcome shortsea shipping experts, owners, charters and sector professionals to the 2019 Shortsea Shipping Day at the Piraeus Yacht Club in Greece on Thursday 14 June.As the lead sponsor for the event, organised with among others the European Shortsea Network and the Hellenic Short Sea Shipowners Association (HSSA), Panos Kirnidis stressed the importance of short sea shipping to the industry and the significant role it plays in the development of European economies.“This has been a significant week for Palau International Ship Registry as in London on Monday at the IMO Executive Committee we were proud and honoured to be recognised as White List members of the Standards of Training…

20 May 2019

Zeaborn: 100 vessels to be EU Hazardous Compliant

Germany’s Zeaborn Ship Management has contracted Verifavia Shipping and the Korean Register (KR) to perform inventory of hazardous materials (IHM) preparation and certification for over 100 vessels.The vessels are managed by Zeaborn Ship Management, a consolidation of E.R. Schiffahrt and Rickmers Shipmanagement, and must be IHM compliant to meet the terms of the EU Ship Recycling Regulation (EU SRR) and the Hong Kong (HK) International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships.The HK Convention is aimed at reducing the negative impact of ship recycling on human health and safety, and on the environment. The…