Transshipment Division

Transshipment is the transfer, over the side, of any quantity of fisheries resources or products thereof retained on board, from one fishing vessel to another vessel. This includes transporting fish products, participating in joint operations such as re-supply or re-fueling of vessels engaged in fishing activities.

The Liberian Administration has established Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) requirements for all ships that engage in transshipment.

Liberia currently has membership with the following Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and issues licenses for these regions:

  • North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC)—Cooperating Non-Contracting Party (CNCP) status
  • South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO)—Cooperating Non-Contracting Party (CNCP) status
  • Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)—Cooperating Non-Member (CNM) status
  • Inter America Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)—Cooperating Non-Member (CNM) status
  • International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)–Contracting Party
  • Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)—Cooperating Non-Contracting Party (CNCP) status
  • Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT)—Not a member, but we have an agreement to participate in transshipment activities

DG SANTE (Certification Underway)

DG SANTE will allow Liberian flagged reefer vessels the ability to discharge frozen fish in ports within the European Union.

For details regarding Liberia’s Transshipment program, please reference the following Marine Notices:


For additional information, please contact:

Maritime Labour
22980 Indian Creek Drive, Suite 200
Dulles, Virginia 20166 USA

Tel:  +1 703 790 3434
Fax:  +1 703 790 5655

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