In the modern shipping industry, all ocean-going vessels engaged in international commerce must have a country of registry in order to operate in international waters. One of the most important requirements of a registry is that a flag State be a participating member nation of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and has adopted all of the IMO’s maritime safety Resolutions and Conventions. Secondly, a flag State should have an established maritime organization that is capable of enforcing all international and national regulations. Both of these conditions have been met by the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
As an active and involved member of the IMO, the RMI has set the standard with regard to IMO participation and early ratification of the major safety and environmental protection treaties and conventions. The RMI has governmental representatives at the IMO who are permanently stationed in London to actively contribute to the issues effecting safety, security and environmental protection on the IMO agenda. Professional staff, from both the IRI London and Reston offices, also participate to augment the official delegation in the numerous working groups, sub-committees and committee meetings.
Please contact the any IRI office for more information on International Maritime Conventions, Protocols and Amendments to which the RMI is a Party.