Ship registration is the process by which a ship is documented and given the nationality of the country to which the ship has been documented. The nationality allows a ship to travel internationally as it is proof of ownership of the vessel.
International law requires that every merchant ship be registered in a country, called its flag state. Ship registration is similar to a person receiving a passport. A ship is bound to the law of its flag state. It is usual to say that the ship sails under the flag of the country of registration.
A ship's flag state exercises regulatory control over the vessel and is required to inspect it regularly, certify the ship's equipment and crew, and issue safety and pollution prevention documents. The organization which actually registers the ship is known as its registry. Registries may be governmental or private agencies. In some cases, such as the United States' Alternative Compliance Program, the registry can assign a third party to administer inspections.
It's due to the ongoing shipping crisis, which has sent costs skyrocketing ... Congested ports mean deliveries of new products are delayed, and soaring shipping costs mean retailers need to raise their prices as well, The Wall Street Journal's PaulBerger reports ... shipping containers.
On her part, Nneka Obiayor, the registrar of ships, said security and business facilitation were the major considerations in the introduction of the electronic verification of new Ship Registry Certificates ... verification of the newly-introduced Ship Registry Certificates.
This is a key appointment to the Registry, which recently surpassed the historic 200 Million Gross Ton milestone, and continues to be the fastest growing major ship Registry in the world for the second straight year ... He brings to the Registry decades of hands-on maritime safety and regulatory experience and expertise.
Alfonso Castillero, Chief Operating Officer of Liberian InternationalShip & Corporate Registry said, “This is a very important project for the entire maritime industry, as this type of vessel will be an important part toward the successful implementation of upcoming maritime environmental and emissions regulations.