(CMR) The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, a division of the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands, has launched its year-long celebration of serving the jurisdiction for 120 years.
The Registry hosted a reception at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands last month to kick off the celebrations. His Excellency the Governor, Martyn Roper, joined Financial Services Minister André Ebanks, Maritime Authority CEO Joel Walton, and dozens of guests at the function.
“The Maritime Authority is extremely proud to be celebrating 120 years of ship registration in the Cayman Islands. Our position as a major contributor to international shipping, maritime safety, and pleasure craft registration was built on the efforts of our forefathers and our long-established seafaring heritage,” Mr. Walton said.
The centerpiece of the reception was the original documents for Cayman's first three registered ships. When George Town was formally recognized as a British Port of Registry in 1903, on 13 January, the 54-foot El Paso was the first vessel registered. The second vessel was the 32-foot Ladysmith on 30 May 1903, which was the first registered Cayman-built ship. The third vessel was the 24-foot Dawn on 13 July 1903.
Minister Ebanks said, “The evolution of the Registry and the Maritime Authority over the years has been exceptional. They have made a positive impact on our country's reputation, and we know their work has allowed the Cayman flag to be a well-respected symbol in international maritime circles.”