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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) ship registry reports a good year, with its best ever ranking from port State control (PSC) authorities, and says it has remained focused on enhancing resources despite the challenges 2020 has brought to the shipping community.

Brian Poskaitis, SVP Fleet Operations for RMI's administrator International Registries, said: “COVID-19 restrictions have made it difficult to perform onboard inspections and this year will look very different for both port and flag States boarding ships worldwide. The Administrator was well-positioned to adapt to these challenges. Our technical and marine safety experts are spread across the world, and today provide more value to our clients than ever before. In some cases, where superintendents cannot board vessels, flag State inspectors and technical operations teams have served as the eyes and ears of the operator in terms of monitoring compliance.”

Unable to maintain normal shipboard operations and inspection schedules due to COVID-19 restrictions, and with regulatory and compliance changes, the Administrator looked to proactively enhance resources to maintain its level of quality and safety. The RMI Registry quickly enacted guidance on remote inspections, virtual closings, and crew safety, while seamlessly transitioning operations between its 28 worldwide offices. Although the number of in-person RMI Registry inspections is down compared to 2019, the implementation of a remote inspection program has led to positive results with more effective communication between crew and operators.

The Administrator has focused on strengthening and expanding technical resources worldwide to enhance local expertise. There has been a concentration on increasing capacity and quality in Australasia, where the Administrator has increased the number of inspectors, enhanced onboard training where possible, and deployed an in-house inspector to oversee operations.

“The Administrator continues to invest in technical resources worldwide, providing enhanced benefits to the RMI fleet which means there’s not a time of the day when an RMI-flagged vessel cannot reach someone from our team,” said Poskaitis.

“This year is unique, but nothing has deterred us from maintaining our high-quality standards fleetwide,” said Fleet Operations Manager Capt Sascha Dyker. “The Registry continues to be pro-active in ensuring global resources are available to our owners and operators; having additional resources in Australia has already produced benefits to the RMI-flagged feet.”

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