Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), a leading ship registry, is stepping up its efforts to support the work of Fins Attached, a non-profit organisation aimed at saving the world’s shark population and promoting preservation as essential for the global ecosystem.

As a sponsor of the US-based organization, MCI has assisted in the successful registration of the organization’s 134-feet vessel, Sharkwater, under the Cook Islands flag.

The vessel, named after award-winning 2007 film, Sharkwater, acts as the mode of transport for research scientists, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), marine students as well as documentary crew for their expeditions in the Eastern Pacific Islands and Mexico – just to name a few.

With 25 expeditions per year, the aim is to spread awareness of the Fins Attached mission.
Founder of Fins Attached, Dr. Alex Antoniou, who spoke at MCI’s 2017 Deputy Registrars Conference in Fort Lauderdale, USA, highlighted: “Shark finning and shark’s fins as a delicacy, has caused an alarming decline in the shark population by over 90% in the last 40 years. And this is why it is important to protect the ocean’s apex predators in maintaining the balance of the marine ecosystem for the benefit of all marine creatures.”

MCI Chief Executive Officer, Glenn Armstrong said today: “Fins Attached’s mission resonates closely with another initiative that MCI is supporting – Marae Moana – both emphasizing the preservation of the marine ecosystem.”

“With our about to be granted status as a developed nation (which will only be official in late 2018), we now have a greater voice and we certainly look towards actively raising awareness of this initiative to bilateral partners around the world.”

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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 MARCI online Register, 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, ship owners 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 ship owners should be able to obtain service in virtually any port.

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