Having worked as a representative and advocate for shipowners, most recently as Manager of Maritime Policy for Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) in Washington DC, Ms. Lachtman knows the Liberian Administration well, LISCR noted.

Like LSC, CLIA is a shipowners’ association that represents its members to regulatory and rulemaking bodies.

Many of the methods used to develop cruise industry positions,” says Kierstin, “can be used to develop those of the LSC membership."

We have a great working relationship with the Liberian Administration and with the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). By working closely with these organizations, we can ensure that the voice of our members is heard by all regulatory and policy-developing bodies. We can provide input in connection with new regulations and policies as they are being developed, thereby assessing and managing their impact on our members.

When asked on potential changes under her leadership, Ms. Lachtman said changes should be expected, but nothing that will impact membership in 2019.

As we work towards growing and further developing LSC, we will take a look at our membership structure, including fees. We are also considering introducing a new membership tier for service providers, such as classification societies and shipyards. In addition, we want to look at how we can enhance our methods of engaging with members.

Kierstin succeeded Mr. Joe Ludwiczak who served his role for 17 years.