Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”), the international ship registry, celebrates 20 years’ of diplomatic relations between the Cook Islands and People’s Republic of China.

To mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and Cook Islands, China’s President Xi Jinping and His Excellency Tom Marsters, the Queen’s Representative to the Cook Islands, exchanged congratulatory messages.

In his message, Marsters acknowledged that the two countries have witnessed significant progress – political trust has significantly deepened; increased people-to-people and cultural exchanges; and China-Cook Islands economic and technological partnership agreement have yielded impressive returns.

Xi echoed Marsters’ message and hoped to further solidify China-Cook Islands strategic partnership in various fields.

To celebrate this monumental day, a special reception was held at the Edgewater Resort in the Cook Islands.

The reception was attended by His Excellency Du Qiwen, Special Envoy for the Pacific Islands Forum; Wang Lutong, Ambassador to New Zealand; and Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna. The reception was also attended by cabinet ministers and members of Parliament, just to name a few – bringing the total number attendees to 130.

Chief Executive Officer of MCI, Glenn Armstrong said today: “China’s shipping market is known internationally to have expanded at a rapid pace. The established alliance between Cook Islands and China therefore allows MCI to tap on the significantly large economic opportunities present in the Chinese market.”

Glenn added: “20 years is a special moment given how different the two countries are – not just in terms of population size but also in culture and language. But despite the differences, it is important to highlight China’s support throughout the years in helping Cook Islands achieve greater international exposure for the Pacific.”

“Much has been achieved for the past 20 years and we hope there are many more of such occasions that this relationship will witness.”



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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