Isle of Man Ship Registry Appointed by First Chinese Ship Owner
The Isle of Man Ship Registry (IOMSR) has been appointed by its first Chinese shipowner to flag the 82,000 DWT bulk carrier Transcenden Wisdom presently under construction at Tsuneishi Group’s Zhoushan shipyard in China.
The ship will register with the IOMSR upon delivery in August and operate under the technical management of the Singapore office of Wilhelmsen Ship Management (WSM). The IOMSR has been selected by a Hong Kong based Chinese leasing company and subsidiary of China Merchants Bank to flag the vessel. The deal was agreed with the IOMSR’s Singapore representative Captain Raja Ray and will see Transcenden Global Pte act as a bare boat charterer to the leasing company. Technical support in China will be supplied by the IOMSR’s new Shanghai office run by Jonathan Kingdon which opened in January 2021.
IOMSR director Cameron Mitchell said China is a key market for the flag state with many of its clients now drydocking and building ships in China. He said two-thirds of the IOMSR fleet is now managed from Asia.
“We’re really pleased to welcome the first Chinese ship ownership structure to the IOMSR fleet,” he said. “We believe we have a very strong offering in the Chinese market as through our new Shanghai office we have experts on the ground who can visit shipyards for inspections and meet our key clients. China is the world’s biggest maritime nation and forms a central part of our growth strategy.”
Mr Kingdon pointed to the IOMSR’s advantage of having ‘favoured nation status’ in China which means IOMSR registered ships which trade in Chinese ports are offered preferential Chinese tonnage rates equating to a 28pc ports dues reduction.
“As one of the world’s most respected flag states the IOMSR has many benefits to Chinese owners and shipyards and we want to raise greater awareness of those,” he said. “In particular we think the pragmatic approach makes the registry stand out. The IOMSR aims to make the construction process as straightforward as possible for Chinese shipyards. This means that the IOMSR’s new ship build standards are exactly the same as Panama, Liberia and the Marshall Islands. Digitally we are also evolving, we were one of the first flag states to offer digital certificates and we undertook the first ever remote periodical survey of a Bulk Carrier with DNV. Furthermore, we recently launched the industry’s first seafarer welfare app to support seafarers’ mental health which we know is a huge concern to ship owners.”
The Isle of Man Ship Registry is one of the world’s leading flag states ranked 17 in the world by Clarkson’s with around 14m GT under its flag. In total the IOMSR accounts for more than half the total tonnage sailing under the Red Ensign. The registry has held top spot on the Paris MoU Port State Control whitelist and is firmly on the whitelist in the Tokyo MoU rankings. It is also one of the high-performing flags on the US Coast Guard’s Qualship 21 scheme.
The registry is headquartered in Douglas on the Isle of Man a self-governing British Crown dependency and is a Category One member of the Red Ensign group.
The IOMSR also recently became the first flag state to join the Getting to Zero Coalition which aims to drive shipping’s decarbonization agenda by developing commercially viable deep sea zero emission vessels by 2030.
Meanwhile, in another recent milestone, the IOMSR was the first flag to issue acceptance of a modification for a Very Large Gas Carrier to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as a greener fuel for Oslo-listed shipping company BW LPG. The innovation, which saw the IOMSR present the paperwork for approval to the International Maritime Organisation, paves the way for ships to be retrofitted to run on LPG. In time this could help align fleets more closely to the IMO’s targets to halve greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from ships by 2050 compared with 2008 levels.
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