Press Release 12 July 2016

Maritime Cook Islands Boosts China Links Via Tie Up  With China Classification Society Authorisation As Recognised Organisation (RO)

Above: CCS Chairman and President, Sun LiCheng

Maritime Cook Islands (MCI), the leading international ship registry, has authorised the China Classification Society (CCS) as a Recognised Organisation (RO), to conduct survey and certification of ships flying the Cook Islands flag. 

CCS is a full member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) and is considered  one of the world’s well-regarded, major classification societies. The formal agreement between MCI and CCS, will significantly open up opportunities for the Cook Islands Flag in China and will benefit ship owners in the region.


Shipowners in China can now use CCS for all certification services including Load Lines, Safety Construction, Safety Equipment, all MARPOL certificates ISM, ISPS and MLC. This translates essentially into costs savings for shipowners and more importantly, the upholding of the highest certification standards for the promotion and safeguarding of the safety of life and property at sea and for the prevention of pollution to the marine environment.


Founded in 1956, China Classification Society (CCS) is the specialized organization of China to provide classification services. Since then it has grown to become one of the world’s leading classification societies and its highest class notation has been included in the Classification Clauses of the Institute of London Underwriters (ILU) for shipowners to enjoy the preferential treatment in insurance premium.


Up to now, CCS has been authorized by the administrations of more than 36 countries or regions to perform statutory surveys for the ships flying their flags, and recognized by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the European Union (EU), which demonstrates CCS’qualification and competence to the international community.

Glenn Armstrong, CEO of Maritime Cook Islands, said: “We are extremely pleased and excited to share this now and also to be linked to such an established and well respected organisation.  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 Chairman and President, Sun LiCheng is also pleased with the tie-up and he commented: “The Cook Islands Ship Registry is a well- respected ship registry which has a growing book of Chinese shipowners.  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


About MCI

Maritime Cook Islands is building a world class Open Register for Ships and Yachts from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands and its goal is to become the flag of choice for Quality Classed Tonnage and Super Yachts.

Maritime Cook Islands offers responsible ship owners exceptional service.

  1. We aim to keep ships in compliance and to keep them moving.  Through our online register MARCI, we will always know when a vessel is due for a survey or a certificate is about to expire.  We will ensure that ships are maintained in compliance avoiding Port State Control problems.
  2. Through our network of Deputy Registrars, shipowners will be able to conduct business in their own time zone in their own language and get things done quickly and efficiently.
  3. Cook Islands does not impose additional requirements on ship owners beyond the requirements of IMO Conventions read together with the IACS Unified Interpretations.
  4. Through Cook Islands appointed IACS Class Societies and other Recognized Organizations and our network of Flag State Surveyors around the world shipowners should be able to obtain service in virtually any port.

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