Steeped firmly in the annals of history, Jamaica’s participation in the maritime world dates back hundreds of years to its importance as a major Caribbean port of call. The famous Captain Morgan became renowned as a privateer for the British Navy from Port Royal, at the mouth of Kingston harbor.
In today’s world, Jamaica is a ranking member of the Executive Council at the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Its technical knowledge and expertise were exhibited as Chairman of the committee responsible for development of the STCW Code. Its shipping fleet ranks high amongst many of the world's port state control authorities, including the US Coast Guard and European Maritime Safety Agency.
Being a former colony and current member of the British Commonwealth, Jamaica is afforded access, participation, and reciprocal acceptances in the yachting world’s various regulatory bodies, including those promulgated by the United Kingdom’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). However, its independence as a sovereign nation allows Jamaica to develop its own interpretation of international rules. This is in contrast to the restrictions imposed on those British dependencies in the Red Ensign group (Cayman Islands, Isle of Man, Bermuda, etc.) This autonomy allows Jamaica to be selective in using the best practices of the yachting world, while eliminating any negative or bureaucratic actions that may hinder an efficient program.
Mega Yacht Registry Services (MYRS) represents the Jamaica Ship Registry as a Deputy Registrar from its headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA and its 35 worldwide locations. This arrangement provides the yachting industry with an immediate facilitation option that is efficient and cost-effective.