The Cayman Islands has a seafaring history that goes back more than a century.
The Cayman Islands’ seafaring history is preserved by the Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands (MACI) which has oversight of the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry (Cayman Registry) and maintains its headquarters in Grand Cayman.
Established in 1903, this first-class entity with a worldwide reputation for excellence and efficiency in global shipping, is built upon the Cayman Islands’ strong maritime history, developed out of necessity to support a small island group in the heart of the Caribbean.
With a presence in more than 20 locations throughout the world, including the United Kingdom, United States and Southeast Asia, the Cayman Registry has a global reach covering all the main shipping hubs and in all time-zones. The Registry is staffed by an international team of professionals with many years of experience in the world of international shipping.
The MACI offers consulting services to clients and other countries on a variety of maritime issues including maritime administration structures, financial aspects of operating a maritime authority, and how to draft specific legislation. The Cayman Registry offers a variety of services to their clients which include vessel registration, surveys and certification, crew compliance, vessel construction supervision and bespoke maritime consultancy services.
As a Category One British Registry, the Cayman Registry is qualified to register vessels of all sizes and classes, from yachts to merchant tankers. In the superyacht industry, Cayman is the world’s leading yacht registry with over 45% of the global superyacht fleet on its flag.
Registering your vessel in the Cayman Islands grants you protection and assistance from the UK Royal Navy regardless of location and full British Consular services for all Cayman flagged vessels. The Cayman Islands flag and its safety requirements are seen as the gold standard in the shipping industry.