The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry began primarily as a Ship Register in 1903. The physical Register itself is an important set of documents which have been preserved until present day, showing a record of all vessels registered in the Cayman Islands since that time.
Many of these registered vessels were used in the export of Cayman’s famous turtle trade, the first real means of commerce beginning in the 1930’s.
Under the UK’s assignment of ‘Categories’ to its overseas territories and their Shipping Registries (for the purpose of standard rules and regulations), the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry achieved ‘Category 1’ British Status in 1991, which has since made it possible to register any size and type of vessel.
More recently, as of July 1st 2005, the organization has also transitioned into the new Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands.
Today the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry has become the leading super yacht register in the world, with its own survey and inspection capabilities, and branch offices in the UK, Holland, Greece and Japan, in order to satisfy its clientele world-wide.
The Cayman Islands Flag is flown on vessels in waters from the French Riviera to the marinas of the Florida coast of the United States.
In total, the Cayman Islands register is comprised of 3.2 million tons in pleasure yachts and commercial vessels as of the year 2003.