International Vessel Registration

The Liberia Maritime Authority is an Autonomous Agency of Government that has the responsibility of administering the Liberian Maritime Program. In order to operate the maritime program effectively abroad, the Authority contracted the services of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR, LLC), as its agent to aid the government in the operation of the Liberian registry and in administrating the provisions of the Liberian Maritime Law, including the collection of the Maritime Tonnage Tax and all fees, charges and other exactions payable to the government with respect to ships registered under the laws of Liberia.

Through LISCR, a U.S. owned and operated company that provides the day-to-day management for the Republic of Liberia's (RL) ship and corporate registry, Liberia maintains offices in Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. These offices assist in the operation of the registry and are committed to maintaining a "Best in Class" operation with quality service in an expeditious manner. In addition to its regional offices in the major maritime centers of the world, the Liberian Registry is also supported by a worldwide network of over 220 Nautical Inspectors and 120 qualified Security and Safety Auditors. The Registry's personnel have a strong commitment to operating a quality registry with first-class customer service. Significant investments in new computer and communication technologies have also been made to meet the demands of today's shipping industry.

Liberian registered ships are able to trade anywhere in the world. There are no crew nationality restrictions and taxes on Liberian vessels are at conservative rates based on the net tonnage. Registration of vessels is eligible to Liberian entities or registered business entities incorporated under other jurisdictions and registered as a Liberian Foreign Maritime Entity.

Registration applications can be processed in any of the regional offices. For the general guidelines and requirements for ship registration of large vessels over 500 gross tons, the Department of Vessel Registration and Mortgage Recordation, situated in New York City, United States of America, accepts, processes, and issues several documents including certificates of registration.

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