Due to the decreased ability to conduct crew changes, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and global restrictions, the Liberia Maritime Authority has issued Marine Advisory to assist ship operators and owners that may be experiencing cases of Crew serving aboard with expired certificates and endorsements.
The Liberian Registry announced it is providing online, real-time access through a ‘single window’ to data on all statutory certificates issued by Class and its Recognised Organisations (RO), through a new data exchange with ROs.
Following the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and the major crew changes issue that has arise, Liberian Registry continues its efforts for seafarers’ designation as “key workers”. Specifically, Liberia is looking to enlist the help of other flag States under this mission.
The Liberian Registry announced implementation of the first ever remote Annual Safety Inspection (ASI) aboard their ships, in a bid to adjust to the COVID-19 disruptions. The Registry successfully completed the first remote ASI this past week.
Given that the fishing season in the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port area will start soon, the Liberian Registry issued guidance of shipping stakeholders to assist Liberian flagged vessels and provide additional information to assist Master’s in safely navigating highly congested waters off Ningbo-Zhoushan in the East China Sea.
The Liberian Registry announced its Expedited Registration Process, ERP, effective as of 1 January 2020, in an effort to further simplify the registration and re-registration of vessels in the Registry. According to a recent statement, the new process reduces the number of requirements, and allows for technology and digital files to replace administrative work, creating a more simplified process overall.
The Liberian Registry announced the opening of a full-service office in Imabari, Japan, in line with the registry’s plan on expanding its presence in Asia to meet the demands of this market and come a step closer to their clients.
Kierstin Del Valle Lachtman recently became the new Secretary General of the Liberian Shipowners Council (LSC), the Liberian Registry announced. Ms. Lachtman has worked as a representative and advocate for shipowners, most recently as Manager of Maritime Policy for CLIA.
The Liberian Registry informed of a recent case of improper stowage of lifeboats onboard, which could have resulted in serious damage or personal injury, had it gone unnoticed. LISCR communicated the case as this could happen to anyone.
The Liberian Registry announced launch of a new platform for crews and/or managers of Liberian flagged vessels to anonymously report incidents of corrupt demands and practices experienced during port operations. In November 2018, the Liberian Administration became the first associate member of MACN.
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