Tokyo ‘white lists’ Cayman

Congratulations were recently exchanged between the George Town headquarters of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands, parent organisation of the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, and its European Regional Office in Southampton, UK, on the announcement of the Registry attaining White List status under the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control.

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A. Joel Walton

This MOU has been signed by 18 countries including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, China, Canada, Chile, Republic of Korea and the Russian Federation. Previously on the Grey List, the Authority had worked arduously to achieve the top ranking by diligently upgrading and improving the calibre of its worldwide fleet of vessels.

‘This is a great achievement for us, and, more so of our Safety and Survey Division, although the entire organisation contributed to this success,’ said Chief Executive Officer, A. Joel Walton. ‘Tokyo is one of the most important MOUs internationally, and brings further recognition to the high standing of the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry.’

Cayman is already on the White List status under the Paris MOU, again in recognition of the quality of the fleet on its Register.

Cayman is part of the Red Ensign Group of British maritime administrations and is the flag-of-choice for the majority of the world’s mega-yachts. Established in 1903, when George Town was first established as a port of Registry, the historic Cayman Islands Shipping Registry today continues to carry on Cayman’s rich maritime tradition around the globe.

The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry is represented in nine locations in eight countries. In addition to the George Town Head Office, these are the European Regional Office in the UK, and representatives in London, Fort Lauderdale, Monaco, Athens, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo. This global network of services ensures the Registry’s ability to serve its valued international clientele on a 24-hour, seven day a week basis.

Additionally, the Authority is a signatory to agreements with various international classification societies delegated to enact on its behalf. These include: American Bureau of Shipping (US); Det Norske Veritas (Norway); Bureau Veritas (Paris); Registro Italiano Navale (Italy); Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK, Japan); Germanisher Lloyd (Germany), and Lloyds Register (UK), all of which are members of the International Association of Classification Societies.

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