Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has expanded its global reach by linking up with a leading maritime consultancy.

PISR has appointed The Maritime Group (International) Ltd (TMG) as its Deputy Registrar for the Palau Flag (London) to meet growing demand from ship owners, operators and managers.

Fast-growing PISR – known as The SMART Registry ¬– will provide cutting-edge registration and maritime services through TMG for the multi-billion pound shipping industry operating out of London.

TMG is a world-class maritime services company and consultancy with its head office in Seattle and regional offices in London, Singapore and Honolulu.

Panos Kirnidis, PISR chief executive, said: “TMG’s executives bring extensive knowledge of the London and UK shipping sector, and vast experience and exceptional expertise to PISR.

“Their commitment to excellence, drive to deliver the greatest customer service and ambition to develop the business match our own.

“Increasing numbers of owners and managers are putting their trust, and their ships, in the PISR, and our new appointment of TMG demonstrates our commitment to providing the best possible service.”

Captain Malcolm W Parrott, TMG managing director, added: “PISR is a rapidly growing registry whose services have become increasingly in demand from a discerning customer base.

“We look forward to advising and supporting the many shipping owners, operators and manager in the UK with PISR registration and inspection services and other technical, business and operational services such as surveys, legal support, ship and crew management and engineering.”

Palau is located in the western Pacific Ocean and is an archipelago of about 250 islands with a total area of 466sq km.

PISR opened its European head office in Piraeus, Greece, at the beginning of 2017. It also has an office in Houston, Texas.

It has been following an ambitious expansion plan to make it the flag of choice for leading ship owners with smart technology placed at the heart of its services, including its own cutting-edge systems for ship owners, managers, operators and crew.

Its fleet includes tankers, ro-ro ferries, bulk carriers, offshore vessels, containers, general cargo and passenger ships

TMG’s executive team also includes chairman and president John M Cox, business development director Kevin W Hawes and operations director Jonathan Powis.

TMG is a member of UK Chamber of Shipping and is planning to hold a formal launch with PISR later in the year.

According to latest figures in the Centre for Economics and Business Research’s (CEBR) 2017 report for UK Maritime 2017, the maritime sector directly contributed an annual £14.5 billion to the economy and supported 185,700 jobs in the UK with £6.5bn in marine and £4.3bn in shipping. London’s contribution stood at £4.3bn in London and 35,800 jobs.

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About Palau International Ship Registry:

Panos Kirnidis CEOThe Palau International Ship Registry (PISR), an open registry headquartered in Houston, USA and has its European head office in Athens, Greece. PISR was created by an amendment to the Title 7 of the Republic of Palau National Code in 2010 and was appointed by the Government of the Republic to carry out the day-to-day management of vessels registered to the flag as the Ship Registry Administrator.


  • PISR provides full administrative and technical support to the registration of vessels.
  • PISR is an active member of both the IMO and ILO and is a member of BIMCO, WCPFC.
  • Compact agreement of Free Association (COFA) with USA

 About TMG:

The Maritime Group, Inc. was first formed in 1990 in the USA by Captain John M Cox. The Maritime Group International now has regional offices in Seattle, Honolulu, Singapore and London. The London Office was set up in 2004 by Captain Malcolm W Parrott after he retired from 26 years’ service with Sea Containers, both at sea and in senior managerial and executive positions.

It is a global consortium of marine consultancies, management companies and maritime professionals with many years of experience in ship operations at sea and ashore. TMG has worked with a variety of clients, such as major shipping groups, port operators and government agencies worldwide.

As a world-class maritime consultancy, TMG provides solutions for businesses to meet their targets from conception and planning through to operations and management.

Its experts include marine engineers, port civil engineers, port planners, port operators, economists, environmentalists, financial experts, maritime lawyers, ship brokers, traffic experts, naval architects, port architects, surveyors for ports and vessels, master mariners, marketing experts, security experts and IT experts.

Its services include marine consultancy; operational and business advice; bid development, management and support; safety and security at sea; ship brokerage and port development and marketing.

Other services include port operation and management; cargo and freight operations; maritime business development; ship inspections, audits and vetting; technical services and litigation services and expert witness. Its London office is at HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment, London. Call 0800 9551792 and visit for more information.