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May 10, 2004

Liberian registry on track for ISPS

The Liberian Registry reports that it has now completed processing almost 95 percent of the International Ship & Port Facility Security Code approval plans for that part of the Liberian fleet that needs to demonstrate ISPS compliance.

Almost 1,400 plan approvals have now been completed. The Liberian Registry has also issued more than 450 certificates in respect of ISPS verification audits, with another 400 scheduled for processing.

Scott Bergeron, chief operating officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-headquartered company that manages the registry, says, "Having elected to conduct our own ship security plan approvals for the entire Liberian-flag fleet, rather than delegate the task to others, it is gratifying to see that we are well ahead in ensuring that our owners are fully ISPS-compliant by the due date."

Last year, Liberia decided to contracting with leading international security specialists to train its own network of inspectors, based at key locations in Europe, the U.S. and the Far East, to perform verification audits under the ISPS Code for shipowners, operators and managers.

"It has taken a great deal of hard work, and co-operation with company security officers around the world," concludes Bergeron. "But it has been worth it. Liberia has shown that, with the right application and sufficient will, shipowners can be ready for ISPS in good time."

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