IMO grants Palau training ‘white list’ status

IMO Headquarters. Credit: IMO

Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has been recognised by International Maritime Organization (IMO) as being fully compliant with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).

IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) approved secretary-general Kitack Lim’s proposal on 10 June – giving PISR “white list” status under STCW Convention 1978. As amended, the Convention sets minimum qualification standards for masters, officers, and watch personnel on seagoing merchant ships and large yachts. It came into force in 1984.

Panos Kirnidis, CEO of PISR, sees this as another credible step in the registry’s growth. An island country in the western Pacific, Palau is made up of around 250 islands and has a population of about 18,000. Its ship registry was created in 2010 and went into business in 2012.

“We’ve been working with the IMO on a number of issues and this white list approval is yet another example of how far we’ve come as a registry in this most competitive of maritime sectors,” Kirnidis said. “Everything we’ve accomplished over the past few years has been another step forward in refining our services and credibility as a responsible, technologically advanced, and diligent ship registry.”

According to Kirnidis, PISR is the world’s fastest-growing ship registry and leads the industry in the adoption of “smart” technology.

“Our training credentials are under constant review, as regulations change and new opportunities open up for seafarers,” he added. “Using our own IT-designed applications and qualified staff we’ve been providing services for our fleet personnel for many years and this new approval will further enhance our training provisions.”