Press Release 10 October 2016

Maritime Cook Islands Strengthens Its Ranks; Four Staff Assume New Appointments in the Registry

Maritime Cook Islands (“MCI”) has significantly strengthened its ranks, with four new appointments, which will better serve the growing community of yacht and vessel owners of MCI.

The MCI’s book of business has been growing steadily over the years and supporting its growth is the strengthening of MCI network of DRs and surveyors. This is so that owners have a contact point in the area close to them, to personally address their needs and queries more promptly and efficiently.


Ing. Andrea Emanuele Pippa

Andrea is a newly-appointed Surveyor and Yacht Technical Expert of MCI, and will be based in Italy.

Andrea has over 10 years of experience in the shipping industry, specifically on recreational and charter crafts in Italy, providing surveys and technical consultancy. He is also a full member of the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS), having attained it in 2014.

Andrea is also a freelance technical consultant for ships and those of mega-yacht status – performing economical evaluation, pre-purchase surveys, and claims for assurance companies and private owners.


Marin Sobin

Marin Sobin takes on a new appointment as the Deputy Registrar for Croatia, and he will serve the growing community of yacht owners in the region.

Marin is based in Croatia, with more than 29 years of experience in the shipping industry, spanning across ship surveys, shipbuilding design as well as maritime consultancy work. His appointment underlines MCI’s move to strengthen its European presence.

Marin comes from an electrical engineering background, and has his own firm, Socius d.o.o. where he is the managing director.


Jacques Tourneur

Jacques Tourneur has been appointed as the Deputy Registrar for Philippines. 

A certified coastal yacht master and a member of – Board of Scandinavian Maritime Services AB (Sweden), Board of Scandinavian Maritime Services (Philippines), Board INSB Class Philippines – Jacques is no stranger to the shipping industry and owners can register their yachts with absolute confidence.

Jacques is fluent in Swedish, English and Filipino.


Paolo Favilli

To boost its presence in Europe, MCI has appointed Paolo Favilli as European Manager based in Genoa, Italy. Paolo is primarily responsible for ongoing business development in the region as well as improving Port State Control performance in the Paris MOU. 

Of the four new appointments, Paolo will cover merchant vessels specifically in the European region. The rest (Andrea, Marin and Jacques) will be focused on serving the yacht community.

Chief Executive Officer of MCI, Glenn Armstrong said: “We are delighted with our new appointments, and we believe our clients will stand to benefit the most from this development. Our network is growing from strength to strength with experienced and quality maritime professionals and they will certainly play a major role in building up MCI’s book of yacht registration.”

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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