Fehn Ship Management, part of the German EMS-Fehn-Group, has teamed up with the Maritime Administration of Latvia and has been nominated as an official point of contact of the Latvian flag in Germany.

Fehn Ship Management will act as a non-exclusive contact point and service provider to shipping companies aiming to register their vessels under the Latvian flag. Jānis Krastiņš, chairman of the board of the Maritime Administration of Latvia said: “The collaboration will enable further shipping companies in Germany to profit from the advantages of our register.”

Matthias Hesse, managing director of Fehn Ship Management, added: “This puts us in a perfect position to assist owners and managements in registering their vessels under the flag of the EU state.”

The partnership of Fehn Ship Management and the Maritime Administration of Latvia is based on a long-standing collaboration. Fehn Ship Management itself has been registering its own vessels under the Latvian flag since 2014. The company manages EMS-Fehn-Group’s own fleet of seagoing vessels as well as ships of customers.

“Offering all advantages of an EU register, the Latvian flag has proven to be a good choice for us on numerous occasions,” said Manfred Müller, ceo of EMS-Fehn-Group.

The Latvian flag is white-listed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and allows for cabotage operations within the EU. At the same time, the Maritime Administration of Latvia provides quick and straightforward services to registered vessels. This, for example, includes organising and conducting ISPS, ISM and MLC inspections.