One of the flag states most popular with Middle East owners, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), has achieved a ranking in the top three on the so-called White List of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Only Denmark and Norway are ranked higher, and neither of the two other top three registries are in the top ten this year.
In May, the RMI also became the only registry in the world to achieve 17 consecutive years of enrolment in the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) QUALSHIP 21 program. This represents an outstanding achievement for both RMI and shipowners on the registry.
International Registries, Inc. (IRI) provides administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry and has had to develop innovative solutions during the past year of significant global challenges, which prevented typical inspection regimes and crew changes.
“Covid-19 created unprecedented challenges for our owners, operators, ships’ crews, and fleet operations team. In the face of severely restricted crew changes, the inability to board vessels, and altered inspection and maintenance schedules, our owners and operators did a remarkable job ensuring safe vessel operations, which is reflected in this year’s Port State Control (PSC) rankings,” comments Bill Gallagher, President of IRI.
As the maritime industry continues to grapple with the challenges imposed by Covid-19, the RMI Registry has adapted to meet these challenges. For example more than 1,130 remote inspections were conducted between 1 March 2020 and 30 June 2021 in an effort to ensure continuity of vessel operations in a safe, secure, and environmentally responsible way while also keeping an eye on crew well-being.