Liberia meets new Paris MOU criteria

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liberiaflagLiberia has been confirmed as one of eleven flag states that to date have met the criteria set to participate in NIR — the New Inspection Regime (NIR) for Low Risk Ships that Paris MOU port state control authorities will introduce on January 1, 2011.

The aim of the new regime is to reward ships that perform well and to target poorly performing ones for increased inspections.

Under the NIR, vessels will be classified as Low Risk Ships or High Risk Ships. If a ship is neither Low Risk nor High Risk, it will be classified as a Standard Risk Ship. The criteria for calculating the Ship Risk Profile will take into consideration deficiencies and detentions in a company’s fleet in the previous 36 months, and compare it to the average of all vessels inspected in the Paris MoU. Companies will be ranked very low, low, medium and high. Any refusal of access will have a negative impact on the ranking of the company, which will then be subject to more in-depth and more frequent inspections.

Scott Bergeron, Chief Operating Officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the U.S.-based manager of the Liberian Registry, says, “We welcome the Paris MoU endorsement of Liberia as a safe and responsible maritime administration, and are pleased to have achieved verification of our NIR credentials. The Liberian Registry is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of safety, service and responsiveness, and is proud of its excellent port state control record.”

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