The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry has exceeded the 125 million gross ton mark. As of 30 September the Registry stood at 125.5 million gross tons and over 3,640 vessels. This growth marks a 25% increase in tonnage since the Registryâ€™s 100 million gross ton celebration in January of 2014.
International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI), who provide administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry, has been increasing the technical experts available to owners and operators worldwide and is also opening its 27th worldwide office in Manila, the Philippines to support this unprecedented growth amongst flag States.
â€œThe fleet has been growing rapidly largely in part to our ability to provide timely services through our decentralized model,â€ said Bill Gallagher, President of IRI. â€œOpening an office in Manila is a natural fit for the Registry as more than 35% of seafarers serving on RMI flagged vessels hail from the Philippines,â€ he said. â€œIt is our expectation that this office will be able to service crew documentation needs of our owners and operators in that area in coordination with our Hong Kong and Mumbai offices thus improving the speed with which seafarersâ€™ documents are issued,â€ said Annie Ng, Head of Asia for IRI.
â€œThe office is already staffed by four personnel and will be headed by Leo Bolivar who has a background working for companies like Stolt-Nielsen Philippines, Inc., Uljanik Shipmanagement, Ulstein Marine Services and Navis Maritime Services, all with respect to ship and crew management,â€ she continued. With the additional personnel in Manila, IRIâ€™s worldwide staff is now over 350 employees.
The most recent high level appointment is John Gallagher, formerly Vice President, Corporate Business Development for the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). John retired from ABS in September 2015 after a 34 year career with them which he began in 1981 as a surveyor assigned to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Since then, he has spent time in each of the ABS divisions in Asia, Europe and the Americas and has been responsible for business development, and oversight of survey offices and stations. â€œJohn is a welcome addition to the IRI team and will be instrumental in working with our owners, operators and other industry stakeholders as Senior Vice President, Client Relations,â€ said Bill Gallagher. â€œI first met John at CMAâ€™s Shipping 2001 and throughout the years developed a tremendous level of respect for his insight into the operational aspects that are confronting our owners and operators and his unique ability to problem solve,â€ continued Mr. Gallagher.
Other recent high level hires include John Taverner, formerly of Lloydâ€™s Register for 34 years, Rob Lorigan formerly with Overseas Ship Management, Inc. after a distinguished 30 year career with the United States Coast Guard, Dave Wamsley, formerly with ABS for 20 years and Rob Lomas, former Secretary General of Intercargo. â€œIn the past year we have increased our worldwide personnel by more than 25 individuals overall,â€ said Mr. Gallagher. â€œOur number one goal is to provide outstanding service to our owners, operators and industry stakeholders; our investment in human capital is aligned with this goal and will help sustain the RMI Registryâ€™s future growth and success,â€ concluded Bill Gallagher.