Marshall Islands Registry Hits 100 Million Gross Tons

Jan 28, 2014, 5:23AM EST
Having crossed the 100 mi ton mark Marshall Islands registry set to offer more to Indian seafarers who have been the main beneficiary of their regional office in India

“Reaching 100 million gross tons mark is truly a milestone for the Republic of the Marshall Islands (IRI) Registry,” announced Bill Gallagher, President of IRI. Confirming his untiring commitment he added, “We will not rest on our past successes. We will continue to innovate and be proactive in our pursuit of excellence. From the dedicated personnel in the Registry and together with my partners, Tony Guida and Clay Maitland, we thank our owners, operators and other industry stakeholders for their loyalty and support over the years in building a quality Registry.” He made this remark on the registry’s performance of having achieved the magic figure on Friday 24th January 2014.  


Marshall Islands, the third largest flag state, opened a full scale office in India in 2007. Like it is said that ‘God never closes a window but opens another’ this event was for many Indian seafarers waiting to rise up in their career and those youngsters who otherwise may not have had the opportunity to go to sea, offered them a much desired break. Large number of Indian manning companies are benefitting from the fact that having a seafarers’ document offices in Mumbai they are saving on the courier cost by submitting their applications here for endorsement and getting instant endorsement. Also with so many technical managers having their offices in India and managing Marshall Islands ships can avail of all the services from this office itself. 


Today, large number of Indian seafarers, work on Marshall Islands flag ships. Even the license issued by the Indian Director General of Shipping, government of India needs just to be endorsed and an equivalent certificate of the Marshall Islands is issued for working on their ships.


Spearheading the Indian operations Capt Sanjay Maini, Country Head – India (IRI Mumbai) while expressing his delight for this stupendous achievement of grossing 100 million tonnage in Marshall Islands registry stated, “This gives us more responsibilities because more ships are being registered with Marshall Island. In six years we have nearly trebled our tonnage from 34 million tons to over 100 million.  It is our services which attracts shipowners. In fact, we perhaps are the only foreign registry to open a full-fledged office in India. We have 25 offices across the globe. In India we offer the entire portfolio of services and have a well-staffed office.”


Speaking in the same light Bill Gallagher added, “We have aspired, through our decentralized model, to provide the best services to our worldwide clients without compromising on the quality of the fleet. To that end, our intent has not been to be the largest Registry in the world, but instead the choice of flag for quality owners and operators”.


About the services which are an alternative choice for aspiring Indians Capt Maini clarifies, “We conduct our own exams for those who want to appear directly for obtaining our Certificate of Competency (CoC). Obtaining the Marshal Islands certificate is an alternative choice for those Indians who want to obtain an COC from an open registry. The exam dates can be set to suit the candidate. There are lots Indians seafarers, who have benefitted from this. Even ratings wanting to become officers can appear for our exams. However, Marshall Islands exams are considered to be of higher standard than most because our passing percentage is above 70. But more and more seafarers wanting to avoid the red-tape they have to go through and comply with various formalities, prefer instead appearing for Marshall Islands examinations. Our high profile examination system has achieved that status because one of the stalwarts of the Indian maritime education Capt Harry Subramaniam is an examination consultant with Marshall Islands and is known for his strict adherence to high quality standards in education.”



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