Jerry Smith

May 11 2018

It is with much regret that I have to report the passing of Jerry Smith.

I well remember an entertaining lunch with Jerry in New York in the mid-1980s when he was general secretary of the Liberian Shipowners’ Council (LSC).


Following this, he became the first employee of LISCR, the Liberian Registry’s administrator, joining Yoram Cohen.


He helped set the Liberian registry on its path before being succeeded by Scott Bergeron in 2000 but continued to represent Liberia at the IMO and ILO through 2005.


Smith also played a pioneering role in developing what is now known as the MLC Convention.


As well as championing improved crew welfare, he was a committed advocate of the open registry system, which was under constant attack during his time at the LSC, dating back to the 1970s.


I am indebted to LISCR’s ‘Flagship’ newsletter for filling in the details of a life spent in shipping.


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