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Cayman Islands moving up the ‘White List’ of Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Port State Control

George Town, CAYMAN ISLANDS 24 May 2018:

The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, a division of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands, is on the ‘White List’ in the 2017 Annual Report for the Tokyo MoU Port State Control for the 9th consecutive year.

Cayman has made consistent improvement on their performance year on year and has been making steady progress over the past 3 years, moving up to number 11 of 99 Flags listed in the report, demonstrating an excellent ship safety and pollution prevention record.

The Tokyo MoU on PSC is an administrative agreement between twenty Maritime Authorities.  The main objectives of the memorandum are to establish an effective port state control regime in the Asia-Pacific region through the cooperation of its members, harmonizing of the members activities and eliminating sub-standard shipping.  It deals mainly with promoting maritime safety and security, protecting the marine environment through the prevention of pollution by ships, and safeguarding seafarers living and working conditions on board ships.

Each Maritime Administration is rated on the performance of the ships flying its flag during Port State Control Inspections. Being on the ‘White List’ means that Cayman flagged vessels have received one of the lowest detention ratios, and for vessel owners this translates to fewer delays while in port at any of the member authorities. It also brings confidence and security to both the owners of Cayman Islands vessels, and the seafarers who serve on them. 

Mr. Joel Walton, CEO of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands, says that it is thanks to the commitment and dedication of all Cayman Islands Shipping Registry employees, management and the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands Board members to operate a world class and quality maritime administration. “It is this commitment along with the quality shipowners and partners who the Cayman Registry work with that has helped with the steady progress up the ‘White List’.” he says. “This recognition as one of the world’s leading flags reflects the years of work in partnership to maintaining an outstanding safety and quality record for the Cayman flag and drive the highest possible quality regulatory standards.”