The International Register of Shipping (IRS) was visited by the St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development, and Transport, the Honorable Ian “Patches” Liburd, on the 24th of August 2019. The visit took place at the IRS technical head office located in Miami, USA. The IRS Technical Head Office is responsible for congtrolling all activities of IRS services worldwide, pertaining to classification, statutory certification, verification, training and advisory services for marine and offshore industry with the objhective of safeguarding life, property and the environment. Minister Liburd met the staff, took a tour of the office and a presentation was made by IRS to better familiarize the Minister with working procedures and services.
Julian Padilla, Co-founder of IRS, emphasized that the visit of Minister Liburd was an opportune time for IRS to strengthen its continued growth with St. Kitts and Nevis. IRS is strongly supportive of unity and harmony with all its flag state authorizations.
Mr. Ian “Patches” Liburd is a politician and Cabinet Minister in St. Kitts and Nevis. A private sector-groomed professional for over 18 years, he has also served at the top management level in the public sector as the Chief Executive Office of St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports from 1995 to 1999, and Director of Maritime Affairs from 1999 to 2000. Following the Team Unity victory in the 2015 general election, Liburd was appointed Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urvan Development, and Transport on the 22nd of February 2015.
The St. Kitts & Nevis flag administration is one of 25 flag states that have approved IRS as a recognized organization. With over 100 survey stations around the glove, 25 years of experience and a staff consisting of technical experts, IRS continues to provide the support, experience and technical expertise needed for flag states to properly manage their worldwide fleet as per the RO Code.