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Marine Log

February 22, 2007

New name for U.K.'s ship register

The U.K. Shipping Register has been renamed the U.K. Ship Register.

Speaking at a reception to mark the launch at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, U.K. Shipping Minister Dr. Stephen Ladyman said: "This is much more than a re-branding exercise. It is real change that brings together all stages of the registration process into one unit and will provide even better customer care."

"The UK Ship Register will communicate more with its customers, and make online registration easier and quicker," said Dr. Ladyman.

Major changes being introduced include:

Dedicated Customer Account Managers to provide on-going customer care with focused assistance throughout and after registration

24-hour assistance

A new interactive website []

On-line registration, where customers will be just '"two clicks" away from the start of the registration process.

The U.K. Ship Register is a division of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and currently has 1,456 ships registered. During 2006, the Register had a net increase of 33 ships, adding an additional 1 million tonnes. Ranked third on the Paris MoU "White List."