Liberia Registry sets up offshore and gas technology department

Liberia, the second’s world largest open registry and fast growing in both shipping and offshore, has created an offshore and gas technology department, renewing the registry’s focus in these sectors.

This department strengthens Liberia’s presence in the offshore and gas sectors and is a response to what the registry said was unprecedented growth in 2018.

The offshore and gas technology department is headed by Capt. Stephen Bomgardner, an industry expert and consultant with offshore experience as a Master/OIM of drill ships. The department includes technical, safety, and registrations personnel and capabilities.

“The reasons for establishing this department are twofold – to service the exacting requirements of our existing offshore clients, and to keep up with the growth we have experienced in the offshore sector with so much demand for the flagging of drill ships, rigs, and FPSOs in our registry,” said Alfonso Castillero, cco of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry.

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Liberian-flag fleet growth has reached a substantial 9.8% so far this year, ahead of all other flag states.   

“The first half of 2018 has shown what a strong presence the Liberian flag has in the offshore sector, with an increase in market share more than three times that of the next major open registry. This is due in no small measure to the strong fundamental understanding by the registry’s staff – many of whom have practical experience of the offshore industry - of the problems facing this fluctuating sector,” added Castillero. 

Posted 11 October 2018

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Michele Labrut

Americas Correspondent, Seatrade Maritime News

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