MCI hopes to repeat 2017 success

Wednesday March 07, 2018 Written by Published in Environment

Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) registered 130 new vessels last year to grow its fleet by 3.6 per cent from 557 vessels at the end of 2016 to 577 in December, 2017.


And its success has inspired the international ship registry for another year of expansion this year.

MCI chief executive officer Glenn Armstrong said for 2018, they would be focusing on assisting their owners comply with the requirements of the ISM Code through Flag State inspections and other areas.

“In cases where we find issues which need to be remedied with our greater support, we will apply additional safety management audits,” he told American Journal of Transportation (AJOT).

“Our experience shows that most Port State Control issues stem from failures to comply with the ISM Code and we believe these actions will help our owners as well as improve our overall fleet performance.

“Going forward, our flag state inspection regime will be more rigorous. Our support for Port State Control will include greater risk management and we will aim to identify and fix problems before they arise.”

MCI also shared their last year’s success for a good cause by supporting Fins Attached, a US-based non-profit organisation aimed at saving the world’s shark population and promoting preservation as essential for the global ecosystem.

As a sponsor, MCI assisted in the successful registration of the organisation’s 134-feet research vessel, Sharkwater, under the Cook Islands flag.

MCI is looking towards promoting the organisation’s objectives more actively this year.

At home, MCI supported open water swimmer, Dan Abel’s circumnavigation swim around Rarotonga in September last year, in an effort to raise funds for children at Autism Cook Islands.

“2017 has been a fruitful year despite the prevailing market challenges. We are all geared up for 2018 as we strive towards becoming one of the top registries in the world,” Armstrong added.

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