US Coast Guard report confirms Liberia Ship Registry’s PSC record

Alfonso Castillero, vice president of the Liberian Registry

The Liberian Registry continues to improve its Port State Control (PSC) performance year after year, and currently has the fourth most vessels of any flag state enrolled in the USCG’s Qualship 21 programme. It has also seen a 62% reduction in vessel detentions in the US over the past three years and, for the fifteenth year in a row, is not among those flags targeted by the US Coast Guard (USCG), the Liberian Registry said in a statement.

“Despite efforts made by other flags to confuse the industry, the USCG 2017 Annual Performance Report for Port State Control makes it clear that, far from being targeted by the US Coast Guard, Liberia continues to provide effective, quality compliance solutions for its fleet. Liberia is not on the list of USCG-targeted vessels,” said Liberian Registry cco Alfonso Castillero.

The Liberia Ship registry is White-Listed by the Paris MoU and the Tokyo MoU. Indeed, it had the lowest detention rate of all major flags (1.67%) in the 2017 Paris MoU. It has also recorded a 20% reduction in detentions over the last three years under the Tokyo MoU, thanks to a 2% detention ratio change during that period which is the biggest positive increase among all major flags in the Tokyo MOU.

In China, meanwhile, Liberia has achieved a 41% reduction in detentions thus far in 2018 compared to last year and is the only major flag able to show a decrease in detentions over the past three years in China. Finally, in Australia, there has been a 49% reduction in detentions of Liberian-flag ships over the last three years and a 6.4% detention ratio change over that period which is the biggest positive increase of all major flags in Australia.

“With the use of a fully staffed Risk Assessment Department at its US head office, and an automated LRIT-based Compliance Assistance Programme, the Liberian Registry works with its clients to ensure that their vessels are well-prepared for port calls in the world’s high-focus jurisdictions, and that any issues are properly reported and addressed,” explained Castillero.

The Liberian Registry continues to invest in improving and maintaining quality, working closely with owners and managers to keep their vessels operating safely and efficiently. “Our Port State Control record shows how effectively this is working, both in the US and elsewhere around the world.”

He added: “Owners have benefited tangibly from Liberia’s SeaSafe System and Compliance Assistance Programme, without additional cost, and this has helped us expand into new markets. This is one reason why the registry has seen such an impressive increase in growth recently. Last year, we were the fastest growing flag in South Korea, a new and expanding market for us. In China we have opened three new offices simply to keep up with demand. And value-added services such as SeaSafe help us maintain our position as the largest open registry in Greece.”  

Source: Seatrade