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.
Liberia is now the second largest ship registry in the world, according to Clarksons in its Clarksons World Fleet Monitor January 2019. This report confirmed that, in gross tonnage terms, Liberia has surpassed the Marshall Islands, which is now in third place. Alfonso Castillero, CCO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry added that the quality of service and the rapid response are key factors behind the growth.
The Liberian Registry describes an incident where a smoke alarm went off in the engine room of a vessel while on a trade route between Asia and North America. The investigation showed that a leaking steam near the smoke detector had caused the alarm to go off.
The Liberian Corporate Registry announced the appointment of Anthony Perea as new Managing Director. Mr. Perea has nearly 25 years’ experience in business development and operations in the financial and corporate services sector, with a particular focus on wealth management, as well as trust and corporate and fiduciary services.
Liberia has become the first vessel to be admitted to the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network as an associate member. Liberia has earned international respect for its dedication to flagging the world’s safest and most secure vessels.
Liberian registry announced that it has established its Offshore and Gas Technology Department. This department aims to strengthen Liberia’s presence in the offshore and gas sectors. The department includes Technical, Safety, and Registrations personnel and capabilities.
The People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Liberia signed a five-year extension of their maritime agreement. They also agreed to establish a technical cooperation committee, to collaborate in port state control, crew training and future maritime regulatory policy.
In a bid to respond to the needs of shipowners and the ship financing and legal community, the Republic of Liberia amended its maritime law to allow lease financing structures to be recorded as mortgages. As such, Liberia is the only flag state with preferred status in China able to record financing charters.
The Liberian Registry agreed with the China Classification Society for a framework co-operation Memorandum of Understanding. According to the agreement, the Liberian Registry will help shipyards and shipowners improve their innovative strategies. The MoU will focus on innovation and technology.
Liberian Registry released a statement announcing that it has been re-elected to the Council of IMO, a position it has held since 2012. Liberia is the second-largest ship registry in the world, including more than 4,200 ships.
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