The China Classification Society (CCS) has been authorised by global ship registry Maritime Cook Islands (MCI) as a recognised organisation (RO), allowing it to conduct surveys and certification of ships flying the Cook Islands flag.

The agreement between MCI and CCS is set to open up new opportunities for the Cook Islands flag in China, besides benefiting ship owners in the region.

Following the authorisation, Chinese ship owners can now use CCS for all certification services, including load lines, safety construction, safety equipment, all MARPOL certificates ISM, ISPS, and MLC.

"The Cook Islands Ship Registry is a well-respected ship registry which has a growing book of Chinese ship owners."

MCI CEO Glenn Armstrong said: “I am certain that our clients will stand to gain the most from this and we will look forward to continually improve our services and offerings to our shipowners who have chosen to flag their ships with MCI.

“This is in line with our goal to become a world class flag registry and we anticipate to announce more of such initiatives later in the year.”

CCS was founded in 1956 and provides classification services. Till now, the administrations of more than 36 countries or regions have authorised the society to perform statutory surveys for the ships flying their flags.

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CCS chairman and president Sun LiCheng said: “The Cook Islands Ship Registry is a well-respected ship registry which has a growing book of Chinese ship owners.

“We are glad to be partnering with the Maritime Cook Islands. In collaboration with MCI, we will continue to provide better services to the maritime industry and accomplish our historical mission of ensuring safer shipping.”

Image: CCS chairman and president Sun LiCheng. Photo: courtesy of Maritime Cook Islands Limited.