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Building a Maritime Nation

Contents 01 One Step Closer to Becoming A True Maritime Nation 07 Building Capacity Achieving Program Excellence Human Resource Development 08 Safety And Security: The Bedrock Of The Maritime Industry Strategic Operations Maritime Threats And Crime Incidents Statistics 14 Corporate Social Responsibility - Creating a Positive Impact in the Lives of Liberian People Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 17 Internationally The Permanent Mission The Deputy Commissioner’s Office 26 Increasing Maritime Percentage Contribution To GDP Net Revenues to GOL: Ten Year Annual Comparison Net Revenues to GOL: Five Year Quarterly Comparison Total Cash to GOL: Five Year Comparison (Composite) 2009 Vessel Tonnage Trend 2010 Vessel Tonnage Trend 2010 Total Number of Vessels 32 Office Directory

One Step Closer to Becoming A True Maritime Nation

registry, with the second largest fleet, standing at more

high-quality program that produces seafarers with the

than 3,400 vessels and rising.

requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, and discipline needed worldwide. The LMTI is now opened, and the

The Passage of the Liberia Maritime

ensure that the national economy is the ultimate

This year was filled with new and exciting challenges that

“Training of Trainers” is near completion. . LMTI will be

beneficiary. In short, it means Liberia is on the trajectory

squarely placed us on the path of fulfilling our long-term

used as the primary venue for marine-based training in

of becoming a nation whose Gross Domestic Product

goal of becoming a Maritime Nation. It was a time to

the nation. At present, the basic workforce is in place,

for the nation’s maritime program and

(GDP) is disproportionately supported by the entire

pause, reflect and refocus our collective energies in the

and the administrative structure of the Institute itself is

the country as a whole.

maritime sector. One may ask the simple yet poignant

right direction – charting the course for unparallel growth

being finalized. The expectation is that the LMTI shall

question, “what are the focal points of the Authority?” In


commence recruiting students toward the end of First

Authority Act of 2010 was a major win

Quarter, 2011, with an expected commencement of

order to answer that question, we must first understand what it means to be a true maritime nation. Liberia’s

The year not only marked the end of the first decade in

school by early to mid Second Quarter, 2011. At this

geographic location makes it a Coastal State, its

the 21st century, but for us at Maritime, it also brought in

point, we must say a big “Thank You” to Capt. Nick

world-renowned Shipping Registry, ensuring that its Flag

the dawn of a new ten-year contract with the Liberia

Soutos, our esteemed Counsel General in Greece, for

is flown by some of the world’s largest fleets makes it a

International Shipping and Corporate Registry (LISCR),

his generous donation of generators, desks and other

Flag State, and its use of Sea Ports as the Gateway to

our Agent. The Liberian Registry delivered a solid

logistical support to the LMTI. To His Excellency

the National Economy makes it a Port State. From the

performance last year, beating the revenue forecast

Efthimios Mitropoulos, the Secretary General of the

inception of our Maritime Program in 1948, the program

(US$18M) and posting a 19% year-on-year growth over

International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the IMO

has been on a trajectory to support the vision of

the same period for FY 2009 – US $18.1M for 2010 vs.

Technical Fund, we extend our gratitude for their promise

becoming a true Maritime Nation. Therefore, it’s only

US$14.6M for 2009. Our recorded merchant marine fleet

of instructional materials and logistical support to facilitate

natural that Liberia explores opportunities building on

rose from 3,141 registered vessels and total weight of

the re-opening of the LMTI. Their partnership was a major

these strengths.

100 million Gross Tons in 2009, to 3,426 registered

driving force in the re-establishment of the Institute.

Commissioner Binyah C. Kesselly

vessels weighing a total of 108.5 million Gross Tons for The new Authority is clothed with the sole responsibility

2010. This increase is a 9.07% improvement in vessel

In July, Maritime, for the first time in our sixty-two year

With the signing into Law of the Liberia Maritime

of fully commercializing the nation’s premiere resource

registration, and an 8.5% and 10% improvement in

history, broke ground for a state-of-the-art headquarters

Authority Act of 2010, the nation cast the gauntlet for

-our territorial waters. And as such, we have established

Gross and Net Tons respectively. Another major

to be built on the premises of the LMTI. Her Excellency

strategically commercializing its marine-based resources.

the new Division of Corporate Strategy and Industry

milestone for us last year was the completion of the

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf graced the occasion and

This single instrument immediately transformed Liberia’s

Development, headed by a Deputy Commissioner, to

renovation works and subsequent re-opening of the

initiated the ceremonies, encouraging the Management

sixty-two year old maritime legacy from the one-

methodically orchestrate this transformation, and ensure

Liberia Marine Training Institute (LMTI) – especially given

and Staff at Maritime to continue to forge ahead on its

dimensional, Bureau of Maritime Affairs (BMA) into the

that we hold true to our short, mid, long term goals and

the shortage of trained seafarers in the global

path of growth and development. The President also

new, dynamic and vibrant 21st century Liberia Maritime

objectives (see Figure 1). Liberia has a coastline of over

marketplace. Re-opening LMTI and establishing a solid

reminded us of our duty to improve the lives of those who

Authority (the Authority), whose clear mandate is to

300 miles - one of the longest on the West African Coast.

job placement mechanism for its graduates will help fill

live in the Marshall area saying, “Ensure that the lives of

vigorously pursue all aspects of the Maritime Sector, and

The country also has the world’s premier shipping

the human capacity gap by providing a “Best in Class”,

those who live here are greatly enhanced by your

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Maritime and the Government of the Republic of Liberia.

presence.” For us, that message was clear – be good

Figure 1

corporate citizens. Under the capable leadership of President Ellen Johnson As a true testament of our commitment to have the

Sirleaf, the country has seen aggressive and progressive

average Liberian feel the impact of Maritime, we

economic, political and social growth over the past five

established and further enhanced the Department of

years. Moreover, there has been a growing effort by

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Through CSR,

several government partners to fully tap into a natural

Maritime continued to be involved in a number of social

resource that has yet to be utilized to its maximum

initiatives targeting the most vulnerable population. From

potential – Liberia’s maritime resources.

Dynamics of a Leading Maritime Nation The following bubble chart depicts the areas that we have begun to explore, and are interested in developing and expanding to ensure rapid economic growth and development in the sector.

$$ National Economy $$

Educational Programs, Social Programs to Community Programs, CSR expended a total of roughly

For example, the National Port Authority is being

US$202,724.90 for 2010. The breakdown is as follows:

strengthened to encourage more activity at the various


ports throughout the country. The new leadership has  Social Programs – US $68,307.00 (including

taken several steps to improve upon the existing infra-

assistance to Flood and Fire Victims, contributing to

structure, and is executing against a bold, aggressive

the Red Cross Free Ambulance Service and the

new strategic plan. The Freeport of Monrovia, with

building of a shelter for the disabled);

assistance from Maritime(which serves as the Designated Authority for the implementation of the

 Community Programs – US $67,946.33 (including

International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code

sponsoring a Female Teacher’s Training Workshop,

for the Republic of Liberia), has implemented stricter

restoring pipe-borne water for a local community, and

security mechanisms in compliance with the ISPS Code.

the full renovation/restoration of three historic

For the first time since the inception of the ISPS

churches in Marshall namely: Good Hope Baptist

Convention, the Freeport of Monrovia is off the US Coast

Church, Emmanuel Episcopal Church and First

Guard Black List. What this means is that appropriate

Presbyterian Church); and

marine counter-terrorism measures are in place, and that our port is safer than it has been in years. Among many

 Educational Programs – US $66,471.57 including 240

unfolding developments, a wreck that reduced berthing capabilities at the Freeport of Monrovia has been

College Scholarships & 10 High School Scholarships.

removed. With the conclusion of the negotiation process In the years to come, CSR shall be a major component

and subsequent signing of the Concession Agreement

of our connection to the communities in which we live

with APM Terminals for the operations of the marginal

and work, truly establishing a social thumbprint for

wharf and other areas in the Freeport of Monrovia,

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Ship Breaking & Recycling Ship & Corporate Registries Merchant Banking

Ship Building Port Systems

Offshore Drilling Services & Supplies

Dry Docking & Ship Servicing

Maritime Human Resource Development

Water & Eco-Tourism

Luxury Hotels & Resorts


Water Transport

Other (Leverage Existing Core Competencies)

Liberia Maritime Authority These are the areas in which we must invest and grow to ensure that our nation and people reap maximum benefits. But beyond all of this is one main fact: the real test of our mettle in truly building a Maritime Nation will be our ability to create Jobs in the aforementioned sectors. The direct impact of this job explosion on the nation’s economy will be the real driving force behind our maritime renaissance. The Authority is developing bold new ideas and approaches to ensure that these areas are fully explored, resourced, and implemented in the coming months and years.


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infrastructure is well on its way to being brought up to

time ever, to control and manage their maritime

21st century standards. With the modernization of our

resources, to develop new domestic and international

port, we expect a sharp improvement in efficiency, and

industries of the maritime sector that have remained yet

an eventual direct benefit to the consuming public. More

untapped, to create thousands of seafaring and offshore

importantly, this move will ensure that our major port is

jobs and market opportunities, and to develop and

finally placed on a trajectory to encourage trade, as a

enhance our maritime infrastructure and capacity.

firm supporting mechanism to the increase commercial

Building Capacity At the center of the Authority’s drive to achieve program excellence are its human resources. The level to which this asset is valued is demonstrated by the level of activity that took place in the Human Resource Department during the year.

activities (oil exploration and drilling, mining operations,

It is important to note that ninety percent of global trade

etc) is soon to come to our shores.

occurs on the high seas (i.e. trans-shipment of cargo,

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the Authority. Many of the scholarship recipients for

etc. from one place to another), and our nation, Liberia,

Despite challenges, 2010 recorded significant progress

the Regional Maritime University in Ghana were

The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA), through the Bureau of

holds the number two spot based on the number of

relative to 2009. Ninety percent (90%) of the targets set

absorbed into our system after their graduation,

National Fisheries (BNF), has put in place new Fisheries

vessels that proudly fly our flag, the Lone Star. For too

out from the beginning of the year were realized. These

putting the current numerical strength of Authority

Regulations that seek to properly regulate, rejuvenate

long the Liberian Maritime Program, however, has

achievements cut across every department of the

employees at 191.

and commercialize the nation’s fisheries industry. The

remained one dimensional, focusing only on the Shipping


Authority is a key stakeholder and partner in this

and Corporate Registry. The time for change is now. The

process, and shall work in very close collaboration with

Liberia Maritime Program, through its new leadership

Human Resource Development

Conway and Grace Vaye, were granted study leave

the BNF to ensure success. Furthermore, with the

team is determined to take on bold initiatives, to break

The Department of Human Resources and Development

to pursue Master’s Degrees in Business

selection, training, development and deployment of our

new ground for growth and development, catapulting us

(HRD) with its main functional units, Personnel Services,

Administration and Offshore Marine Engineering,

Coast Guard, our territorial waters will be properly

into the 21st century. Will there be challenges?

Recruitment, Retention and Appraisals, made significant

respectively. Mr. Conway has successfully completed

patrolled, and our maritime resources properly protected.

Absolutely. Will we see a marked difference between the

strides in line with its principal objective to be a repository

his studies earning an MBA and has returned home

These developments have all unfolded within the past

Maritime of yesterday and that of tomorrow? There

of qualified and competent professionals who are

and Miss Vaye is expected to complete her studies

year or so, and are a true testament to our country’s

already is and shall continue to be. Will we always get it

representative of a Premier World Class Maritime Nation.

and return in September of 2011.

desire to transition from a nation with a leading maritime

right? Maybe not, but fear of failure should never deter a

Significant amongst the gains recorded are:

program, to a leading Maritime Nation.

people poised for greatness.

 Capacity Development. Two employees, Harry T.

 Capacity Building. One of the key components of  Performance Appraisal. A mid-year performance

“Building a Maritime Nation” is human resource

The Liberian Maritime Authority Act of 2010, which

evaluation initiated by the Commissioner in 2010 saw

development. Driven by this purpose, the Authority

sought to transform the BMA to the Liberian Maritime

junior staff appraised by their supervisors (i.e.

delivered on its target of re-opening the Liberia

Authority, is that one vehicle that will propel us in the true

Binyah C. Kesselly

Departmental Heads) who themselves were

Marine Training Institute (LMTI); the renovated LMTI

direction of fulfilling President Sirleaf’s vision of realizing

Commissioner, Liberia Maritime Authority

appraised by the Commissioner.

was completed and dedicated in January 2010. All

Liberia’s full maritime potential. The potential for growth

Chairman, Board of Directors, National Port Authority

in our maritime industry is both unparallel and

Designated Authority, International Shipping and Port

immeasurable. The Act empowers Liberians for the first

Facility Security (ISPS)

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administrative, school, dormitory and cafeteria  Recruitment. The recruitment of thirty (30) additional

buildings of the 28.5 acre campus have been set-up with furniture and supplies. Teaching aid equipments

staff in order to cope with the increasing workload of

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will arrive from the United Kingdom and the United

Grievance Committee. A Permanent Grievance

States of America in early May. Consistent with the

Committee comprising five employees has been

“Best in Class” standards, teachers for the school

established. The mandate of this committee is to

have returned from their “Train the Trainers” program

handle, at the first instance, disputes arising in the

at the Regional Maritime University in the Republic. It

work place amongst employees of the Authority and

is expected that IMO’s Standards of Training, Certi-

find an amicable solution.

fication & Watchkeeping (STCW) courses will commence in the latter half of 2011. The program will

A comprehensive HR Strategic Plan is being formulated

have prepared seventy students by the end of 2011.

that, upon finalization, will lead to the recruitment of the brightest minds available and a comprehensive retention

 Health Insurance. A comprehensive Health Insurance

policy instituted in keeping with the Authority’s human

agreement was negotiated and signed between the

resource development goals.

Authority and the Palm Insurance Corporation. The coverage is for a two year period with a renewal

Table 1

option for another two years. The policy covers life, medical, dental and optical, as well as traditional

Long Service Award Recipients

treatment. Also, under the medical component of the contract, two dependants of each employee are entitled to medical services. Currently, three hundred

Name of Employee


George Kemokai

10 Years

Saylee Dennis

10 Years

the Authority, employees who have served at least

Lowah Kennedy

15 Years

Ten (10) years of unbroken service were awarded

Segbe Weah

15 Years

Mack Massaquoi

15 Years

Arthur Scell

15 Years

Molly Johnson

15 Years

Leona Dennis

37 Years

seventy six (376) dependents are benefiting from the Authority’s Health Insurance program.  Long Service Award. In recognition of long service to

certificates of recognition. In addition, a longevity bonus ranging 5%-10% of the employee’s gross annual salary is given to the employee. For 2010, there were nine (9) recipients who qualified for awards in keeping with the Employee’s Handbook. Table 1 shows the recipients. Furnished Office Space at LMTI

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Safety and Security: the Bedrock of the Maritime Industry Safety is at the core of the Maritime

and a log-out ledger has also been assigned at the

served as one of the main pieces of evidence that

security booth for proper screening of visitors, mail

the government of Liberia, through the Ministries of

and vehicles.

Justice and Internal Affairs, along with the Rubber Planters Association (RPAL), used in conducting

principal section clothed with the responsibility of gathering intelligence on maritime related violations and

industry as is illustrated by the impact

 Facility Protection. All Liberia Maritime Authority

final investigations into the wreckage of the vessel.

investigating same. Additionally, this section deals with

facilities are ably manned by our uniformed personnel

The report also formed the basis for government

of the SOLAS (Safety of Life At Sea)

marine counter-terrorism as our frontline in coastal

running three rotational shifts daily. They protect all


Convention on all maritime

monitoring, surveillance and control. The Uniformed

Authority facilities and report through the regular

Security section secures and safeguards all Maritime

chain of command, all incidents and accidents during

MV Catarina: Despite the growing of threat of piracy

facilities and assets, and provides protective services for

their epoch of assignments. The Department

on the coast of West Africa, Liberia plays a leading

great importance to safety and

VIPs and others whom the Authority may identify.

continues to successfully secure the MV Blue Atlantic

role in International efforts to combat piracy as a

security within our maritime domain.

since its arrest in 2009.

member of the Working Group 3 of the UN Contact

Strategic Operations

Undoubtedly, the Department of

During the period, the Department has been able to

regulations. As such, Liberia attaches

Group on Piracy. An attempted piracy heist on board  Capacity Building. Staff was trained both at home and

the MV Catarina between Sierra Leone and Liberia

abroad in various disciplines. Personnel of the

was investigated by the Department after the ship

Security Department (the MIIU) have been trained as

escaped and docked at the Freeport of Monrovia.

Port Facility Security Officers and Port Facility

The Authority continues to be driven to make

policies for the recruitment and hiring of security

Auditors; the Department also benefited from a

Liberia’s waters more navigable and safe; to this

personnel, access control procedures, and a

United States Coast Guard (Homeland Security)

effect capacity building and enhancement of

Department of Maritime Security Manual. These

reciprocal visit to the United States of America.

technical support is a priority.

The act establishing the Authority empowers it to

policies are intended for the enhancement of work

Capacity for personnel of the Department has also

contribute to the nation’s national security strategy. In

performance of all Security personnel.

being strengthened by the regular port state

Forged Seamen Record and Identification Book:

inspections with Port State Inspectors.

the Department probed and forwarded to the Liberia

accomplish the following through its strategic operations:

Maritime Security was an integral part of the overall growth, development

 Drafting of Security Policy. The Department drafted

and achievements of the Authority.

buttressing this national security agenda, the Authority  Access Control. The Security Department successfully

created the Department of Maritime Security to ensure

National Police (LNP) for prosecution two persons in  Maritime/Marine Incident and Accident Investigations.

connection with a forged/fake seamen record and

and maintain proper maritime surveillance, domain

met the challenge of controlling the inflow and outflow

awareness, monitoring, and information gathering and

of visitors and vehicles on the main compound of the

The Department conducted various investigations into

dissemination. It is also empowered to enforce the

Liberia Maritime Authority. A system in which all

incidents and accidents (i.e. attempted piracy,

Authority's mandate.

visitors are tagged has been introduced, with each

stowaway, the wrecking of MV HAVEA, assault of

Non-Compliance: The Security Department through

floor being labeled with different colors. The system

seafarer, non-compliance vessels, illegal fishing, etc)

the office of the Deputy Commissioner for Maritime

The Department has two sections: the Maritime

has so far put a halt on visitors loitering and entering

within our maritime domain.

Safety and Environmental Protection halted the

Intelligence and Investigations Unit (MIIU) and the

offices unannounced, as well as the unchecked

Maritime Uniformed Security (MUS). The MIIU is the

movement of vehicles within the compound. A log-in

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identification book.

operations of fishing vessels (MV FRESH I, II, III and MV HAVEA: The MV HAVEA investigations report

MV AXION) for illegally operating in our waters.


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Figure 2

Maritime Threats and Crime Incidents Statistics Incident Type Attempted Robbery Burglary Falling Fence Fire Incident Marine Casualty of Offence Motor Incident Robbery Shipwreck SOS Call Stowaways Theft Trespass Total











3 1 2


1 2 1

Oct 2


1 5

1 1


1 1



3 1


1 3








1 1





Total 2 3 1 6 2 6 3 1 3 5 4 1 37

5% Attempted Robbery

Trespass 3% Theft 11%

After seeing the need to improve and transform the

The year under review (2010) is considered successful

Seaports of Liberia, the Commissioner of the Liberia

for the Department of Maritime Security in view of the

Maritime Authority in his capacity as Designated

numerous achievements highlighted supra. These

Authority (DA), commissioned the Security Department

achievements were possible because of the unwavering

(MIIU section) to work closely with his office in drafting

support of the administration to the Department. As much

policies to assist the National Port Authority to

as we acknowledged these positive strides, it is important

accomplish the following:

to maintain and continuously improve upon them, as we continue to ensure that the department continues to do its

 Liberia being removed from the United States Coast

part in meeting the Authority's deliverables.

Guard blacklist;  Freeport of Monrovia being ISPS compliant;  Buchanan Port moving towards ISPS compliance by 2011; and  PFSO training for Security Department in two stages-Monrovia and Buchanan. Maritime Threats and Crime Incidents Statistics The Security Department was involved in the collection

8% Burglary

and tabulation of threats and crime incidents statistics

3% Falling Fence

emerging from situations within our Maritime Domain. For the first time, we have an accurate picture of security

Stowaways 14%

incidents. A total of 37 Maritime related threats and crime 16% Fire Incident

incidents were committed within ports facilities, vessels and within the territorial waters of Liberia. We will now be

SOS Call 8%

5% Marine Casualty of Offence

Shipwreck 3%

able to track the statistics from year to year and designated authorities will know what mechanisms to put in place to cartel maritime threats. These crime incidents

Robbery 8%

16% Motor Incident

were compiled by the MIIU database center, as highlighted in Figure 2.

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Corporate Social Responsibility - Creating a Positive Impact in the Lives of Everyday Liberians The responsibility of building a Maritime Nation rests on every Liberian as stakeholders of our common success. The Authority recognized the necessity of reaching out to the various communities in which we live and work with programs that have a direct positive impact on their lives. As this is a core value of the Authority, the Department of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) was created. For us, CSR acts as a vehicle that directly interfaces with communities, understands their problems and plights, and works with them to find solutions. The impact of CSR is already being felt, thus contributing to the surging positive image of the Authority in recent times. Corporate Social Responsibility The Authority, through CSR, is significantly promoting the values and awareness of the entity amongst stakeholders and within the society by addressing the sociodevelopmental needs of the population. The LMA has been involved in a number of social initiatives targeting the deserving and most vulnerable population. Through educational programs, social programs and community programs, CSR has been able to grant assistance to the needy. Being cognizant of the social problems and challenges facing the nation, CSR is devising innovative ways to tackle some of these Commissioner Kesselley working alongside Coconunt Plantation Community dwellers to clean a local beach.

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In line with its core mandate of rendering assistance in Table 3

education, social welfare services and community volunteering, the CSR Unit successfully recorded the following during the course of the year after expending a


total of US$202,724.90:  Educational Programs. Assistance was rendered to several educational projects which included construction and extension of school buildings, furnishing and logistical supplies and launching a

Social Programs


Community Programs


Educational Programs



scholarship program for both High School and

Total Assistance USD


University students approximating five hundred (500) Liberian youth during semester 2010/2011.  Social Programs. The LMA gave donations to Non-Profit Organizations and consistently supported victims of natural disasters, including flood and fire. Our performance within Social Services Welfare also ensured that several contributions were made to the disabled through the shipment of relief items.  Community Programs. The LMA is identifying and encouraging the uplifting of our developmental growth through various sensitization programs. The Authority sponsored Female Teachers Consultant Workshops and participated in various intellectual discourse series’ for the enlightenment of the citizenry. Table 3 shows a categorized summary of assistance rendered through CSR for 2010. Underprivileged Children’s Christmas Party

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Internationally Liberia’s position in the Maritime world cannot be overstated. Our Program

COMSAR 14th Session. This draft guideline is


intended to help Naval and military authorities

The BLG14th Session was held from the 8th-12th of

operating in waters off the coast of Somalia to protect

Convention on Standards of Training, Certification

February, 2010. At this Meeting, the Draft Interim

Ships from piracy and armed robbery attacks.

and Watching-keeping for Seafarers (STCW) and its

Guidelines for the Construction and Equipment of

associated code were adopted.

Ships carrying Natural Gases were finalized. The


Sub-Committee agreed on the draft Amendments to


The Manila Amendments to the STCW Convention

the 2009 guidelines for monitoring the worldwide

The Marine Environment Protection Committee

and Code will enter into force on 1 January 2012

average sulfur content of residual fuel oils supplied

(MEPC) at its 60th Session concluded that more work

Kong. Our offices in Vienna, the

under the tacit acceptance procedure. It is aimed at

for use on board ships. These guidelines are

needs to be done before it completes its

United States of America, and in

bringing the Convention and Code up to date with

intended to assist in the implementation of the revised

consideration of the proposed Mandatory Application

developments since its adoption and revision in 1978

MARPOL Annex VI Regulations on the prevention of

of Technical and Operational Measures designed to

London, made considerable strides in

and 1995 respectively. The Amendment will also

air pollution from ships, which were adopted in 2008

regulate and reduce emissions of green house gases

the year in review shown herein.

make it possible to address issues that are

and entered into force on 1 July 2010.

(GHG) from international shipping. In order to

anticipated to emerge in the unforeseeable future.

has a visible presence in major hubs such as Tokyo, Athens and Hong


The Permanent Mission

continue building on the discussions held in plenary, The Sub-Committee also agreed upon a framework

the committee set up a Working Group to carry on the

for determining when a basic approval granted to one

task and asked them to report to the next Session (MEPC 61) in September 2010.

The Permanent Mission (PM) continues to be pivotal to


ballast water management systems may be applied to

the Authority‘s quest to ensure Liberia remains a part of

At the 52nd Session of the Sub-Committee on

another system that uses the same active system or

international collaboration to keep the seas and oceans

Stability and Load Lines and on Fishing Vessel, the

preparation. The framework and guidance document

Notwithstanding, the committee was able to produce

of the world safe and secure for trade. The PM ably

Sub-Committee agreed on the Draft Safety

will assist in the uniform implementation of

a draft text on Mandatory Requirements for the

represented the country at 20 Committees, Sub-

Recommendations for decked fishing vessels of less

International Convention for the control and

Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) for new

Committees and Working Group Meetings at the IMO.

than 12 meters in length and undecked fishing

Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments

vessels and on the ships Energy Efficiency

These Meetings cut across a broad spectrum of the

vessels. The Safety Recommendations will

2004 (BWM Convention).

Management Plan (SEEMP) for all ships in operation.

maritime industry as indicated below:

complement the revised Code of Safety for Fishermen and Fishing Vessels, 2005, which now

The Committee noted issues such as ship size, target  SUB-COMMITTEE ON RADIOCOMMUNIATIONS AND

dates, and reduction rates in relation to EEDI

apply to vessels over 24 meters in length; the



Voluntary Guidelines for the Design, Construction and

Guidelines drafted on operational procedure for the

The 41st Session of the Sub-Committee on Standard

Equipment of Small Fishing Vessels, which apply to

promulgation of maritime safety information on acts of

The Committee agreed on a basic concept that a

of Training and Watching (STW) was held from the

both 12 and 24 meters in length, and were also

piracy and arm robbery against ships - counter

vessel’s attained EEDI shall be equal or less (more

11th-15th of January, 2010 in Manila, the Philippines.

approved by ILO and FAO.

measures for broadcast through the worldwide

efficient) than the required EEDI and that the required

navigation warning services were agreed upon at

EEDI shall be drawn up based on EEDI baselines


At this session, major revisions to the International

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the work and report to MEPC 61.

and a reduction rate that has yet to be agreed. The Guidelines for calculating EEDI baseline were noted


to be data used from existing ships in Lloyds’

introduced in the Organization’s regulatory regime,

study and impact assessment of several possible

some States which are party to MARPOL

market-based measures submitted by governments and

requested to the Secretary General to circulate

observer organizations.


proposed amendments to that annex to make

The MEPC considered the report of the tenth meeting

mandatory, for new ships, the energy Efficiency

The scope of the work of the Expert Group was to

Regarding the issue of Market-Based Measures, the

of the OPRC HNS Technical Group, and approved for

Design Index (EEDI) and the ship Energy

evaluate the various proposals on possible MBMs, with

Committee established an Expert Group on the

publication the following texts developed by the

Efficiency Management Plan (SEEMP); both of

the aim of assessing the extent to which they could

subject to undertake a feasibility study and impact

Technical Group: Manual on Oil Pollution, Section I –

which have already been disseminated for

assist in reducing GHG emissions from international

assessment of various proposals submitted for a

Prevention; a publication checklist for new IMO

voluntary use.

shipping, giving priority to the maritime sectors of

market-based instrument for international maritime

manuals, guidance documents and training materials;

transport. The Expert Group were to report back to

a guidance document on the implementation of an

The circulated draft amendments would then be

MEPC 61.

Incident Management System; and guidelines for oil

considered by the Committee’s next session, in

spill response in fast currents.

July 2011, with a view to adoption under MARPOL

The MBM proposals under review ranged from a

Annex VI. The Committee also noted, however,

contribution or levy on all CO2 emissions from inter-

that some other States did not support the

national shipping or only from those ships not meeting

circulation of the proposed amendments.

the EEDI requirement, via emission trading systems, to

Register and Fairplay database.


The Committee is in the process of developing series

developing countries, least developed countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

of Guidelines; i.e. guidelines for safe and

At MEPC 61st session (27 September to 1 October,

environmentally sound ship recycling; guidelines for

2010 in London), the Committee progressed its work

the development of ship recycling plans and in due

on a number of important issues, including the

The decisions as to how to proceed with the next

course, the guidelines for the authorization of ship

adoption of the revised MARPOL Annex III, the

step of IMO’s climate change strategy were not

recycling facilities, for ship inspection and for survey

approval of a revised text for MARPOL Annex V, the

reached by consensus, the Committee

The Committee agreed Terms of Reference for an

and certification. Once these guidelines are adopted,

implementation of the ballast water and ship recycling

nevertheless made progress on all three elements

intercessional meeting of the Working Group on GHG

they will assist ship-recycling facilities and ship

conventions and the reduction of emissions of

of its work, namely: Technical, operational and

Emissions from Ships, to be held in March 2011,

operators to begin introducing improvements to meet

greenhouse gases from ships. In addition, the

market-based measures and it is expected that

tasking the group with providing an opinion on the

the requirements of the Hong Kong International

committee considered the following:

further substantial progress will continue to be

compelling need and purpose of MBMs as a possible

made at the July 2011 meeting.

mechanism to reduce GHG emissions from inter-

Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound

schemes based on a ship’s actual efficiency, both by design (EEDI) and operation (SEEMP).

national shipping and further evaluating the proposed

Recycling of Ships, which was adopted in May 2009.

Technical and operational measures to improve

The Committee also agreed that there will be a need

the energy efficiency of ships, in order to reduce

in future, to develop guidance concerning the

greenhouse (GHG) emissions from international

The Committee also held an extensive debate on how

impact of the proposed MBMs on international trade,

recycling of flag-less and non-party ships by parties to


to progress the development of suitable market-

the maritime sector of developing countries, LDCs and

based measures (MBMs) for international shipping,

SIDS, as well as the corresponding environmental

the Convention. A timetable was agreed upon to

 Market-Based Measure

MBMs considered by the Expert Group, including the

develop these guidelines, while an intercessional

Having taken into consideration means by which

following the submission of a comprehensive report

benefits. A report from the intercessional group will be

correspondence Group was re-established to process

technical and operational measures could be

by an Expert Group, which had carried a feasibility

submitted to MEPC 62 in July 2011.

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In 1984, IMO convened a conference to consider a

the Organization. The Committee highlighted the

World Maritime University, a financial problem arising

The Sub-Committee on Fire Protection (FP 54th

new instrument dealing with compensation for

delivery rate of 97 per cent of activities successfully

from withdrawal of funding from long standing donors

Session) met from 12th to 16th APRIL 2010. At this

accidents involving hazardous and noxious


coupled with absence of new external sources of

Session the Sub-Committee agreed to the editorial

substances (HNS) but the issue proved to be so

modification needed to finalize the international code

complex that the attempt had to be abandoned.

income during the serious and continuing global financial crisis.

During the biennium, some US$22 million was spent on assisting developing countries to implement and

for the application of fire test procedure, which provides international requirements for lab testing

However, by 2009, the HNS Convention had still not

enforce IMO standards, through 86 advisory missions

In addition, Liberia’s nominee for the IMO bravery

type, approval and fire test procedures for products

entered into force, due to an insufficient number of

and 161 wide-ranging training events, including

award was awarded at the Council 105th session a

referenced under SOLAS Capt 11-2. Also agreed

ratifications. A second International Conference, held

courses, seminars and workshops held at the

“Letter of Commendation” for the brave action of the

upon at this session for submission to MSC 88 was

in April 2010, adopted a Protocol to the HNS

national, regional and global levels, resulting in the

Master (Capt. Mykola Chernikov) and crew in the

the fire integrity of bulk heads and decks of ro-ro

Convention (2010 HNS Protocol), that was designed

training of some 4,642 participants worldwide and

rescue of 77 people from a small passenger ship, the

spaces on passengers and cargo ships, along with

to address practical problems that had prevented

reflecting the importance given to training and capacity

M/V Lle D’Anjouan, which was sinking in heavy

fire safety system (FSS) code.

many States from ratifying the original Convention.

building. In addition, 1,184 maritime officials attended

weather, in a piracy infested area.

events aimed at developing and harmonizing regional  MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE 87TH SESSION


 Flag State Implementation 18th

strategies on technical maritime issues. Africa

The IOPC held two sessions during 2010. The first

The Maritime Safety Committee, met for its 87th and

continued to be a priority, with the training of 951

The Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation

was held from June 28 - July 2, and the second from

88th Sessions from 12-21 May 2010 and 24

officials through 29 seminars and workshops

(FSI), met at its 18th session, reported good progress

October 18 - 20. Member States were informed by

November – 3 December 2010, respectively, to

Circular Letters that Mr. Willem Oosterveen, Director

complete a packed agenda which saw the adoption of

of the Fund had taken ill and was unable to act in his

mandatory goal-based standards for ship


assigned to the Sub-Committee, under an action plan

capacity as Director of the IOPC Funds for the

construction, the adoption of an amendment to

The 104th Session of the IMO Council met on the 7th

initiated in 2006 under the auspices of the Marine

foreseeable future. At such, a decision was taken to

International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea

-11th of June and unanimously approved the 2011

Environment Protection Committee (MEPC).

appoint Mr. Jose Maura, Claim Manager, as Acting

(SOLAS), discussion on piracy and armed robbery

World Maritime Theme to be ”Piracy: Orchestrating

Director of the Funds, until the Director returns to

against ships off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf

the Response” the theme was chosen as a means

The tasks completed by the Sub-committee are

perform his duties, or until the Extraordinary session

of Aden and the implementation of the Long-Range

of intensifying efforts to meet the challenges of

aimed at improving the provision and use of adequate

of the 1992 Fund Assembly is held from March 28

Identification and Tracking (LRIT) System.

eradicating the scourge of piracy worldwide and more

port reception facilities, through improved information,

importantly to orchestrate the right response and best

standardized reporting systems and procedures and

achieve objectives.

practical guidance.


in work aimed at tackling the inadequacy of port  COUNCIL 104TH SESSIION 7 – 11 JUNE AND 105TH

reception facilities, with completion of all tasks

The Technical Co-operation Committee met at its


60th Session from the 1st -3rd of June, 2010. At this

The Council agreed to a £500.000 transfer from

The Sub-Committee made progress on the


session, the IMO’s 2008-2009 technical assistance

reserves in the Organization’s Technical Cooperation

development of a new Code for recognized

BY SEA 1996 (HNS)

activities were recognized by the member states of

Fund to provide short term financial support for the

organizations (ROs), with discussion on its purpose,

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framework and structure, based on all existing

for submission to MSC89. The updated Code will be

Liberia Maritime Program that focuses on registration of

environment and corrective action is required before the

requirements and recommendations of IMO

submitted to the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at

vessels above 500 Gross Tons under the Liberian Flag.

vessel is allowed to continue on its intended voyage. A

instruments regarding recognized organizations.

its 89th session in May 2011, for approval and

In line with its mandate, the below incidents were

flag State detention also acts as a deterrent to Port State

subsequent adoption by the Organization’s 27th

recorded for vessels registered under our flag in 2010.

detention, if satisfactory corrective action is


Assembly in late 2011.

demonstrated, prior to Port State intervention. The

The Subcommittee on NAV met at its 56th session  SUB- COMMITTEE ON SHIP DESIGN AND EQUIPMENT (DE

and made significant progress on IMO’s e-navigation

Vessel Incidents

recent Lloyd’s List December 2, 2010 article indicated

The Port State and Flag State detentions, Vessel

that Liberia was one of only 11 flag states that met the

strategy including the identification of e-navigation


Casualty, Pollution Incidents and Personnel Causalities

Paris MOU inspection regime criteria. There were several

user needs.

The Sub-Committee on Design and Equipment met

for the year ended 2010 are shown in Table 3 below.

major players/competitors including Panama, Marshall

for its 54th session from the 25th -29th October, 2010

Flag State detentions are initiated when it is confirmed

Islands, Bahamas, Malta, Singapore and China to the

Draft Amendments to SOLAS V/22 on NAV bridge

and continued its development of a Mandatory Code

there are deficiencies on a Liberian flag vessel which

Liberia Registry that were absent.

visibility were taken into consideration as well as

for ships operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code),

pose a risk to safety of the crew, the ship or the

Amendments to the performance of standards for

which is expected to supplement relevant instruments

VDRs (Voyage Data Recorder).

including SOLAS and MARPOL for ships operating in Polar Waters. The Code follows the adoption of


Table 3

Resolution A.1024 (26) in 2009, guidelines for ship operating in Polar Waters.

The 36th Session of the FAL Committee was held at the IMO Headquarters from 6-10 September 2010.

Vessel Incidents


The Committee noted that the Membership of the


The Legal Committee at its 97th Session expressed

Committee still stands at 114, which is 90.3% of the

4th Qtr:

world tonnage. The Committee invited Contracting

in principle its support for the inclusion of a new work

government and in particular those having difficulties

item in the committee work program to consider

acceding to the convention to the convention to

liability and compensation issues connected with


submit proposals with justification to be taken into

trans-boundary pollution damage, resulting from


consideration when reviewing the convention with the

offshore exploration and exploitation activities; a

intention of addressing new issues and making

decision which was prompted after Deepwater

necessary amendments.

Horizon incident on the Montara offshore oil platform of Australia Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)

 DSC 15th SESSION The Sub- Committee on DSC at its 15th session held

The Deputy Commissioner’s Office

from the 13th -17th of September, 2010 revised and

The Deputy Commissioner’s Office (DCO) represents the

updated the original carrying timber deck cargo (TDC)

interest of the Authority at the international level of the

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December Total:(for 4th Qtr)

Port State 15 13 2 30

**Vessel Casualty


*Pollution Serious


Personnel Casualties

1 1 1 3

2 1 2 5

0 0 0 0

1 3 0 4

Personal Injuries 15 14 4 33

0 0 0 3

13 4 5 27

0 0 0 0

3 4 7 18

48 32 37 150


10 6 3 20

0 1 0 1

Prior Quarter (s)

3rd Qtr

26 39 42

Grand Total(all Qtrs)


1st Qtr 2nd Qtr


Remarks ** 11 - Piracy incidents in the 4th Quarter (3 in Oct, 7 in Nov and 1 in Dec.) not included in the above casualty count. ** 2 – Stowaway incidents in the 4th Quarter (1 in Oct, 1 in Nov and 0 in Dec.) not included in the above casualty count. Total for entire 2010 Period: Piracy: 47 Stowaway: 18 * Pollution Incidents are split between: SERIOUS = Incidental Spillage/ Discharge of 50 tonnes or more MINOR = Incidental Spillage/ Discharge of less than 50 tonnes Note: Data for Vessel Casualty, pollution and personnel incidents reflect data up to Dec. 13th, 2010.

2010 Annual Report

Vessel incidents are tracked for flag State investigation;

Increasing Maritime Percentage Contribution to the GDP

trend analysis and reporting are sent to the IMO. The statistical data are incorporated in the annual IMO FAS/Flag State Self Assessment Report and the annual

The nation’s most abundant resource is under-tapped,

growth a key pillar of its strategic goals that are not only

MEPC Oil Pollution/Spillage Report compiled as part of

thereby presenting extensive growth opportunities within

tenable but realistic. Anchoring these goals is the

the IMO Convention compliance requirement.

our Maritime Domain. The Authority has made revenue

International Registry that continues to increase its

In order to meet the human resources needs of our

Chart 1

growing shipping registry and build capacity to service the prospects that the Authority is developing within the

Net Revenues to GOL: Ten Year Annual Comparison

maritime sector, the Authority completed its aggressive drive to reopen the Liberia Maritime Training Institute.

$20,000,000 There will also be a manning company established with


the aim of placing graduates from LMTI onto every ship


bearing the Liberian Flag. We expect the numbers of seafarers to increase dramatically in the coming years. US DOLLARS

$14,000,000 $12,000,000 $10,000,000 $8,000,000 $6,000,000 $4,000,000 $2,000,000 $0 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 CALENDAR YEAR

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increase in revenue from US$14.6 M in 2009, to

pillars, the Authority has initiated programs nationally that

stands at an estimated 3%. It is our expectation that this

US$18.1M as of December 24, 2010. Chart 1 shows a

are expected to diversify its portfolio, and significantly

percentage will increase by 2-4% points in the next 3

Revenue Contribution to GOL

comparative revenue trend (net cash to the GOL) over

boost the flow of revenues from the maritime sector to

years, in order to meet this goal. Chart 4 and Chart 5

The effect of the global economic downturn, which had a

the past ten years, while Chart 2 shows a five-year

the national economy (Chart 3 shows a five-year

represent growth comparisons in Vessel Tonnage from

negative impact on net revenue flow to the GOL in 2009,

quarterly comparison from 2006 to 2010. Although

composite comparison of total cash to the GOL). The

2009 to 2010, while Chart 6 shows the growth in fleet

is said to be dissipating. The program posted a 19%

increasing revenue growth is one of its key strategic

current contribution of the maritime sector to the GDP

size over the past five years from 2006 – 2010.

annual contribution to the national budget.

Chart 2

Chart 3

Net Revenues to GOL: Five Year Quarterly Comparison

Total Cash to GOL: Five Year Comparison (Composite)




RMU Dues

Net Cash to GOL



IMO Dues

ILO Dues


Global Forum


$8,000,000.00 $20,000,000.00 US DOLLARS


$7,000,000.00 $6,000,000.00 $5,000,000.00 $4,000,000.00



$3,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00


$1,000,000.00 $ 2006






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Chart 4

Chart 5

2009 Vessel Tonnage Trend

2010 Vessel Tonnage Trend

Net Tons

Gross Tons

Net Tons

Gross Tons

120,000 105,000





60,000 45,000

90,000 75,000 60,000 45,000



15,000 0

15,000 J



























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Chart 6

Office Directory

2010 Total Number of Vessels



The Liberia Maritime Authority Headquarters

LISCR (Deutschland) Gmbh

Tubman Boulevard, Sinkor

Neuer Wall 19

Monrovia, Liberia

D-20354 Hamburg, Germany

Tel: + 231 77 206 108

Tel: + 49 (172) 183-3114






Fax: + 49-40-35-00-4670 HUNDREDS OF VESSELS


The Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) Corner Randall & Ashmun Streets

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P. O. Box 10-330


1000 Monrovia 10, Liberia

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Tel: + 231 77 000 400

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Tel: + 231 77 000 403

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Fax: + 231 77 000-422

London SW 1P 2AF Tel: + 44-207-799-3434 Tel: + 44-773-410-5910



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LISCR Corporate Headquarters 15














8619 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 300


Vienna, VA 22182


Tel: 703 790 3434

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Zurich, CH-8001 Switzerland

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