FAQ's - Cook Islands Ship Owners Association
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FAQ’s

What is the Cook Islands Ship Owners Association (CISOA)?

The CISOA was established in October 2014 for ship owners to facilitate a hassle-free enrolment for vessel registration, to create a forum for ship owner’s views and interests to be discussed and for Cook Islanders to expand their maritime training opportunities.

 

We now have more than 250 members on board and the number is growing rapidly.

Who should join the association?

Any ship owner that has or wishes to register a vessel on the Cook Islands Flag or is interested in becoming a member of the Association.

How does this benefit the Cook Islander?

One of the objects of the Association is to promote maritime training and employment opportunities for Cook Islanders.

Can the application costs be offset from my vessel registration?

No.  The Association is separate from Maritime Cook Islands which is the entity that facilitates vessel registration.

Can the application costs be offset from my vessel registration?

No.  The Association is separate from Maritime Cook Islands which is the entity that facilitates vessel registration.

Is it more cost effective if I have more ships to register?

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What are the benefits of joining the association?

  • To facilitate and promote registration of ships in the Cook Islands
  • To represent where appropriate, Cook Islands registered ships and their owners at national and international meetings and forums.
  • To facilitate and promote maritime training and employment opportunities for Cook Islanders.
  • To be a vehicle through which issues of common interest can be explored and communicated to the Cook Islands Permanent Representative to the IMO, and other similar agencies such as ILO when appropriate.
  • To join international ship owner organisations such as the International Chamber of Shipping and thereby give members a voice in these organisations.

How much does it cost to join the association?

It is $300 USD per annum, (1 January to 31 December).

How can I join the association?

Download the application form from the website and contact your closest Deputy Registrar http://www.maritimecookislands.com/maritime-cook-islands/deputy-registrars/

Is it compulsory for me to join the association if I want to register my ship with the Cook Islands?

All ship owners of registered vessels with the Cook Islands must be a qualified person.  The Association is one means of becoming qualified.  If the owner is a non-Cook Islands resident, the other options are to register a Foreign Company or establish an International Company with Cook Islands Trust.

How long does it take for my application to be approved?

Provided ALL required documentation is submitted at the same time and full payment is received, the approval and processing time is 24 hours.

Is Maritime Cook Islands a flag of convenience?

Maritime Cook Islands requires that all ships that fly our flag comply with all of the relevant international maritime conventions.  However, we do not impose any additional requirements beyond IMO Conventions and IACS Unified Interpretations.

If I have more questions who can I contact to find out more?

Please contact Mrs. Tania George, CEO at info@cishipowners.com