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Maritime Safety

This page was last updated on 24 January 2020.

The Liberian ship registry is recognized as the leading open registry in terms of safety and quality. The average fleet age is one the youngest of all flags, national and open.

The excellent record of the fleet can be attributed to many factors including delegation of statutory surveys to the leading classification societies, a worldwide network of nautical inspectors who perform annual safety inspections and well qualified and documented professional seafarers who meet the highest standards of training, experience and certification. The registry regulates Liberian flagged ships from a basis of well-documented maritime laws, regulations, and Marine notices to enforce the Registry's maritime safety, security and pollution prevention programmes.

LISCR (the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry) uses a worldwide network of nautical inspectors to conduct annual safety inspections, which complement the surveys conducted by the classification societies. These inspections are focused on operational, manning, training and safety management issues. This programme is critical to maintaining the quality of the ship registry.

LISCR tracks and reports to the IMO on all port state detentions of Liberian flag vessels, although there have been very few of these. The nautical inspectors have come to the aid of detained vessels and the registry by using their expertise to help correct the deficiencies identified by the port state inspector or, in some cases, removing the record of port state detention when the reported deficiency was not found to be applicable to the particular vessel or operation.

Many ship owners acknowledged Liberia's professional and efficient implementation of the ISPS code. In fact, two-thirds of Liberia's fleet chose LISCR to conduct their security audits, over and above other responsible security organisations approved by the registry.



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