The Isle of Man Ship Registry has reached a milestone with the Register reaching 1000 vessels, of which some 128 vessels were registered over the last 12 months.
The Isle of Man Ship Registry has reached a milestone with the Register reaching 1000 vessels, of which some 128 vessels were registered over the last 12 months. This expansion in number of vessels has increased the registered tonnage to nearly 10 million gross tonnes in total. The Isle of Man has been operating as a modern international Ship Register since 1984 and is home to commercial vessels as well as various superyachts. Dick Welsh, Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry commented "Reaching a thousand vessels on the register is a great achievement and is testament to the Island's ongoing commitment to running a quality flag which adheres to the highest international safety standards. As always vessels come and go with the normal ship life cycle but the pipeline for new registrations looks strong, and we are seeing enquiries from key markets around the world including Greece, Norway and more recently, Japan and Singapore, further evidence that the reliable, reputable registry we have established is the flag of choice for many of the world's largest shipping corporations."
Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon David Cretney, MHK, said "I am delighted we have reached this significant milestone in the history of the ship registry which has proven to be a success story for the Isle of Man enhancing our reputation internationally. The business friendly team offering a first class service, backed up by the quality of vessels from super-tankers to small ships, is something I am very proud of as Minister and I look forward to further growth in this area of my responsibilities and to seeing the vessels proudly displaying the Manx Ensign in ports around the world."