The Liberian Registry has passed a major milestone in its history by registering its 3,000th vessel, the 105,400 dwt aframax tanker "Ise Princess", built this year for Fairsea Enterprises SA and managed and operated by Tsakos Shipping & Trading SA of Greece.
Scott Bergeron. Chief Operating Officer of the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR), the US-based manager of the Liberian Registry, says, “There is a delightful symmetry in this, because the first vessel registered with Liberia, in 1949, was also Greek – the World Peace, owned by Stavros Niarchos. Greece was in at the beginning of Liberia’s maritime adventure and, sixty years later, is still contributing to its phenomenal growth.
Second only to the national register, Liberia is the flag of choice for Greek shipping. Today almost 600 Greek-owned ships, aggregating 38 m dwt, are registered under the flag of Liberia. And that number will grow still further as an increasing number of Greek shipowners are choosing Liberia for their newbuildings and secondhand purchases."