The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) is providing predictive software and compliance managers in regional offices in Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Jacksonville and Virginia to aid clients whose vessels call at US ports
LISCR has launched a detention-prevention service using inhouse compliance experts working with a proprietary technology platform. This is an automated risk assessment system that focuses on preparedness before Liberian vessels enter into port. The service is part of the Liberian Registry’s expanded global support of vessels, owners and seafarers using its network of regional compliance offices, strategically located in the major ports of the United States. The registry believes integrating predictive software and on-the-ground human expertise delivers unparalleled value to shipowners, including detention-prevention services.
These offices, led by experienced regional compliance managers, are located in Houston, New Orleans, Seattle, Jacksonville and Virginia. Each compliance manager provides 24/7 support for vessels entering their respective region. The Liberian Registry, which claims it grew more than any other ship registry in 2019, is expanding its team of maritime experts to provide service to its rapidly growing fleet and increase value to those using the Liberian flag.
LISCR chief operating officer Alfonso Castillero, the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, said “Other registries often rely on independent contractors who may have conflicts and other responsibilities, which does not allow for guaranteed availability and quick response times while continuously monitoring and mitigating potential risks.”
Mr Castillero continued “We will be opening additional Global Compliance Centres, including in Australia, Rotterdam and several additional ports in China in the near future, joining the Registry’s already extensive global network of full-service regional offices. We believe in these investments, which give the Liberian flag clients a direct return on their investments.”
Liberia’s Fleet PSC Performance staff based at its headquarters in the US, in conjunction with the specially trained exclusive auditors and regional compliance managers, have aligned compliance efforts to ensure Liberian-flagged vessels and crews are as prepared, compliant and safe as possible. Liberia remains the largest white-listed flag in all port state control MoUs. Liberia is also listed as a QUALSHIP21 flag.
“Liberia’s team of talented and dedicated staff with at-sea experience coupled with our one-of-a-kind detention prevention programme is unlike what any other flag is doing, and these efforts have already decreased our fleet’s global detention rates significantly. Liberia is committed to working with its shipowners and operators 24/7 to ensure their vessels are getting the flag support they need as they come into port. It is this commitment to safety and quality that sets Liberia and its fleet apart from the rest,” said Mr Castillero.
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