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The new Greek government led by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has pledged to make a more legal and tax friendly environment for shipping.

Panama agreed to remove from its Ship Registry some 60 Iranian vessels to avoid being placed on a US Treasury blacklist.

Anthony Perea has been appointed managing director of the Liberian Corporate Registry, run by LISCR (Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry) Trust Company to look after the interests of Liberian non-resident corporations.

Kierstin M Lachtman is to take over as General Secretary of the Liberian Shipowners’ Council Ltd (LSC) in February 2019 from Joseph E Ludwiczak, who is retiring after 17 years at the helm, the LSC said in a statement.

Denmark is to abolish a fee for registering secondhand ships with international registry in an effort to make it more competitive.

The Liberian Ship Registry has become the leading flag of choice for Greek ship owners and operators, according to statistics produced by the independent research and information organisation Marine Information Services (MIS) in Greece.

The German merchant fleet experienced its third consecutive year of contraction, amounting to a 17% decrease since its peak in 2012, the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) reports.

It has been a matter of considerable concern for the Indian shipping industry that the country’s vessels currently carry a mere 8% of its overseas cargo. The figure has been steadily dropping over the years, from a level of over 30% in the early-1980s.

The Liberian Registry, whose host nation is one of those most affected by the Ebola epidemic, has backed IMO’s recommendation that trade continue unhindered by travel bans.

Alfonso Castllero former chief of the Panama Registry until 25 July has joined Liberia, the world second largest registry, as its vice president. In an exclusive interview with Seatrade Global, he explains why he jumped ship.

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