Located in a strategic position at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel, the Union of Comoros Islands once played a major role in a thriving world economy of the western Indian Ocean.The archipelago arose from the seabed of the western Indian Ocean as a result of volcanic activity.The four major islands are Ngazidjia (Grande Comore),Mwali (Moheli),Nzwani (Anjouan) and Maore (Mayotte).
The Maritime Administration of the Union of Comoros, headed by the Commissioner for Maritime Affairs, whilst being administered by the State`s Ministry of International Transport, has been delegated to with the full operation, development and protection of the Union of Comoros Ships International Registry, worldwide.
The Maritime Administration's duties and functions include:
- Registration of ships
- Administration and enforcement of the Merchant Shipping Act 2001 legislation.
- To develop shipping and to ensure that the country's maritime activities are conducted in accordance with the local and international standards of maritime safety and pollution prevention.
- Enforcement of International Maritime Conventions
- Investigation of Marine Casualties
The Union of Comoros Maritime Shipping Act 2001 provides a modern legal framework for the operation of a competitive International Ship Registry.
The Shipping Act 2001:
- Makes full provision for modern trends in relation to ownership and registration
- Provides simplified yet secure mortgage recording and enforcement provisions
- Implements all major IMO Conventions