International Registries, Inc. (IRI) / The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry held its 11th annual Offshore Advisory Group (OAG) meeting in Houston on 8 November 2022 in the offices of Transocean. This was the first in-person OAG annual meeting since the pandemic began. The meeting was also available virtually for those unable to travel.
Cosmin Bozenovici, Vice President, Technical – Offshore (IRI Houston) and Rear Admiral Kevin Cook, United States Coast Guard (USCG) (Retired), Maritime Consultant (IRI Reston) welcomed both in-person and virtual attendees. Tom Payne, Director – Marine Operations, Diamond Offshore, and the OAG Interim Chair, addressed attendees and provided a perspective on current market conditions and future opportunities.
Bill Gallagher, President, IRI provided an update on the RMI Registry. Guest speakers included Tom Kellock, who provided a market update; and Jim Rocco, Senior Director, Government & Industry Affairs – Offshore, International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC). Technical presentations and sector updates were provided by Roberto Herrera, Senior Flag State Specialist (IRI Houston); Cosmin Bozenovici, Vice President, Technical – Offshore (IRI Houston); and Luiz Freitas, Vice President, South America (IRI Rio de Janeiro). A regulatory update was provided by Tom Horan, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs – Offshore (IRI Houston).
In addition to presentations by RMI representatives and guests, the OAG offers interactive discussions on industry topics with the goal of sharing information, collaborating, and working together. Through its annual meeting and ad hoc working groups, the annual OAG provides an opportunity for the RMI Registry to openly engage with industry partners and stakeholders on key issues, opportunities, and trends.