Flags of Convenience Disagree on Gross Tonnage and Merchant Vessel Statistics

MARSHALL ISLANDS – As mentioned recently about the Marshall Islands claim to have overtaken Liberia as the world’s second largest registry in terms of dead weight tonnes, something that appears to not sit well with the Liberian Registry which was quick to announce that it has passed the significant milestone of 150 million gross tonnes registered, a statistic it says which keeps it squarely behind the top seed, Panama, specifically in terms of number of ships and gross tonnage.

Following the recent registration of the 43,301 gross tonne bulk carrier SBI Jive, owned by the Scorpio Group, the Liberian-flag fleet currently numbers 4,167 vessels aggregating 150 million gross tonnes. This differs somewhat significantly from the numbers provided by the Marshall Island Registry which, having gathered data from IHS Markit, suggests that Liberia has 3,277 vessels with a total of 140.4 million gross tonnes. Scott Bergeron, CEO of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, said:

“There is currently intense competition for business in the ship registration sector. Liberia welcomes competition based on quality, safety and service, and we are excited about our immediate and long-term future.”

Source: Handy Shipping Guide

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.