Flag State

The Liberia Maritime Program delivers "Best in Class" customer service, conducts inspections and provides certification of ships in compliance with the standards of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of which Liberia is a member. As an active and involved member of the IMO, Liberia is a signatory to all major safety and environmental protection Conventions and Treaties. The Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) is authorized to ensure the seaworthiness of vessels and proper manning conditions on board.

Role as a Flag State As a Flag State, Liberia's primary responsibility is ensure that ships under the Liberian registry operate in such a manner as to safeguard the life of the crew and the marine environment. To achieve this, LiMA, through its agent, LISCR, works to ensure that its registered fleet, irrespective of size, conforms to the provision of international conventions. The registry is currently the leading open registry in terms of safety and quality, and it is worthy to note that only a very small number of Liberian flagged vessels have been detained. The Registry is working with its nautical inspectors, the class societies and the vessel managers to decrease the number of Port State detentions of Liberian flagged vessels. In addition, the Liberian Registry is the first and so far the only major open registry to have trained a world-wide network of lead auditors in both the International Safety Management (ISM) and International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) codes. By harmonizing the overlapping requirements of these International Codes, the Liberian Registry provides shipowners convenient, efficient and cost-effective certification services. Enrollment in Liberia's optional Harmonized Audit Program has also helped ensure compliance among shipowners while reducing the burden on their ship and shore staff, as well as their survey expenses. Liberia's worldwide network of nautical inspectors also conducts annual safety inspections, which compliment the survey conducted by the classification society. These inspections are focused on operational, manning, training and safety management issues. For more information on the inspection and certification of ships through our Agent, LISCR, please visit their website at www.liscr.com.

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View LiMA's 2013 Annual Report
Posted on Tue, 2 Sep 2014
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Posted on Sun, 19 May 2013
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President Sirleaf Graces LMTI Flag Hoisting Ceremony: Urges Cadets to be Shining Examples
Posted on Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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National Training on Ballast Water Management held in Liberia
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