Founding Chairman - NAMEPA
Managing Partner - International Registries
Clay Maitland has worked in the shipping industry since graduation from law school in 1968. Clay has been employed by International Registries, Inc. for 37 years and is now a managing partner and an owner of the company, which administers the Marshall Islands Ship Registry – the third largest registry in the world, and which is now one of the bestknown yacht registries. He is President of the Trust Company of the Marshall Islands (TCMI), the statutory Maritime Administrator of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Prior to the year 2000, Clay held similar positions with regard to the maritime administration of the Republic of Liberia.
Clay was born in London, England on December 28, 1942. His father was a pilot in
Bomber Command of the Royal Air Force, and was lost with his plane, a B25 Mitchell
bomber in March of 1943. Clay’s mother was a native New Yorker, and he came with her
to the United States in 1946, aboard RMS Queen Elizabeth.
Clay was educated at schools in Connecticut and received his B.A. degree from
Columbia University in 1964, and his law degree from New York Law School in 1968.
He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1969 and became associated with the admiralty
law firm of Burlingham Underwood & Lord, where he worked until 1974. After a brief
stint as admiralty counsel at Union Carbide Corporation, he joined what is now
International Registries, Inc. in 1976.
At that time, IR managed the Liberian ship registry, which was, at the time, the largest in
the world by tonnage in number of ships. Founded by former Secretary of State Edward
Stettinius, who had been president of U.S. Steel, and during World War II, War Shipping
Administrator and then Lend-Lease Administrator, the company included among its early
investors, Allen Dulles, Esq., who was then a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Dulles
went on to become Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. This company, under the
name of Liberian Services Inc. included a bank in Liberia, of which Clay Maitland also
became an officer after he joined the company in 1976. The genesis of the Stettinius
family investments in Liberia arose when President Roosevelt flew from Casablanca,
after the famous conference with Winston Churchill and their staffs, to Monrovia, Liberia
in January, 1943, to observe the opening of what was to be a major air base, now Roberts
Field. Mr. Stettinius himself flew to Liberia after the Yalta Conference in 1945.
Since his early years as a Maritime lawyer, starting in 1969, Clay has been involved with
a number of philanthropic and professional associations connected with the industry. In
addition to those listed above, Clay is on the boards of the Maritime Industry Museum, at
Fort Schuyler (SUNY Maritime College) and the King’s Point Maritime Museum, at the
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He is on the board of directors of the Sea Research
Foundation, created by Dr. Robert Ballard, the discoverer of the wreck of RMS Titanic,
and which operates among other things the research vessel Nautilus.
Among his other affiliations: Member of the Executive Committee and Director of the
Coast Guard Foundation; member of the Board of Directors of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Foundation; Member of the American Bureau of Shipping, and of the National Cargo
Bureau; Founding Chairman of the North American Maritime Environment Protection
Association (NAMEPA); Chairman Emeritus of the National Maritime Historical Society
(publishers of SEA HISTORY magazine); Chairman of the North American Maritime
Ministry Association (NAMMA) Industry Advisory Council; board member of the
Maritime Industries Academy Foundation (Baltimore Harbor School); a member of the
New York City Bar Association and Maritime Law Association of the United States;
former Chairman of the National Maritime Historical Society; former Chair of the
Admiralty Committee of the New York City Bar Association, and of the Committee on
Intergovernmental Organizations of the Maritime Law Association of the United States
(MLA). Clay continues to serve as a delegate to the Legal Committee of the International
Maritime Organization (IMO) in London. Clay has served on the Executive Board of the
World Maritime University in Malmo, Sweden and is a member of the Standing
Committee of the Marine Society of the City of New York. He is currently Chairman of
the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce.
He has been a delegate to a number of international maritime conferences, including the
United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea, and at the International Maritime
Organization in London.
Clay received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters from the State University of
New York Maritime College in 2006, and was decorated with the U.S. Coast Guard’s
Distinguished Public Service Award in 2010, by the Commandant of the Coast Guard,
ADM Robert J. Papp.