The Liberian Registry has said that in today’s challenging shipping markets, flag states must go beyond their traditional role as certification bodies in order to serve the best interests of shipowners, operators and managers.
Alfonso Castillero, vice-president of the Liberian Registry, told a Liberian port state control (PSC) seminar in Tokyo, "in the current difficult market conditions, flag states can no longer afford to regard themselves as mere factories for issuing registration certificates. It is necessary to evolve and to embrace new challenges. Shipping registers need to combine quality and innovation with tradition, experience, reputation and flexibility.”
The objective of the seminar, which was attended by representatives of the Australian Maritime Safety Agency (AMSA), was to promote a clear understanding of the PSC process in Australia.
In addition, Benson Peretti, managing director of the Liberian Registry’s Singapore office, presented the Liberian Registry’s PSC results for 2016, showing a major reduction in detentions in China, Australia, and the United States. Peretti attributed this reduction to the free compliance assistance programmes being implemented by Liberia to help owners ensure full compliance, and reduce the incidence of PSC detentions worldwide.