The Isle of Man Ship Registry celebrated its 30th anniversary last week. As one of the leading maritime jurisdictions, currently standing at number 14 in the world table of registers by tonnage, the Island has increased the number of vessels on its register by more than third over the past 10 years and the Manx fleet now comprises all types of modern merchant ships and superyachts from owners based all over the world.
The Ship Registry has acted as the hub for the development of the Isle of Man as a maritime centre of excellence and is closely represented by the Isle of Man Shipping Association and the Isle of Man Superyacht forum who work closely with the Registry and Department of Economic Development to ensure its ongoing success.
Alan Crowe MLC, the Department of Economic Development’s Political Member with responsibility for the Ship Registry said: “I am immensely proud of what the Ship Registry has achieved in its 30 years of operation. The maritime sector has become very important to the Isle of Man and now employs around 600 people. The Registry provides the hub for maritime-related activities by a large number of firms in the Island, which delivers real economic benefit to our economy.
“The Registry team puts a lot of effort into delivering a world class service for their global clients, which attracts owners of high quality ships and superyachts to register their vessels here.”
Dick Welsh, Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry said:
‘The success of the register is due to its people. We have a very dedicated team of professionals who constantly go the extra mile to assist ship owners and help them to keep their vessels operating safely and efficiently in a global commercial environment.
“This may involve registration in the middle of the night to suit shipyard delivery times in the Far East or access to our dedicated emergency response service which is available 24/7.
“The relationship we build with our owners and operators is paramount to our continued success and it is this commitment to customer service which sets us apart.
“I would like to echo Mr. Crowe’s comments and thank all the staff for their hard work and dedication over the years.”
Next week’s Monaco Yacht Show will see the Isle of Man Ship Registry, Department of Economic Development and the private sector all participate on an Isle of Man stand at the show and the Isle of Man Superyacht Forum will also be hosting a networking breakfast.