Vanuatu Maritime Services Limited (VMSL) welcomes delegates to the OSJ Conference in London and it is again our pleasure to co-sponsor this high-profile event. Vanuatu is an independent nation comprising a chain of islands in the South West Pacific, about 2,000 km North East of Australia. Vanuatu has been an independent nation since 1980, being a member of the United Nations and the Commonwealth.
The Vanuatu Flag offers both an ethical and economical shipping register, affording significant savings in overall operating costs. Vanuatu Maritime Services Limited (VMSL) is the company responsible for operating the Vanuatu Flag Administration, which is an open shipping register with no restrictions on shipowners’ domicile or crew nationality. The registry recognises most national qualifications for seafarers to serve onboard Vanuatu Flag Vessels.
VMSL is responsible for compliance with international shipping legislation and with the safety and welfare of the seafarers serving onboard Vanuatu-flagged vessels.
As a member of the (IMO), with a permanent representative at the IMO here in London, the Vanuatu Shipping Register is committed to maintaining high standards of safety within its fleet, and has adopted all relevant IMO Conventions. With a current fleet size of some 700 vessels, a significant percentage being in the offshore sector, the Vanuatu Shipping Register is able to offer a more personalised service to its flagged vessel managers, and work with them (rather than as a faceless bureaucracy) towards vessels with good onboard ‘safety cultures’, with less time lost on Port State Control issues.
The Administration (headquartered in Port Vila, with major administrative offices in New York and Tokyo) is represented worldwide by a network of Deputy Commissioners and Special Agents, based in all of the major ports and shipping centres, along with a vast network of Approved Safety Inspectors and Surveyors, who stand ready to assist our flagged vessels. Extremely attractive registration and annual costs are available and