The Liberian flag has been included in the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) QUALSHIP 21 (QS21) roster for 2019-2020.
QUALSHIP 21 recognises vessels and flag states which have successfully met specified safety and quality requirements and regulations when calling at ports in the United States.
To qualify for QS21, flag administrations must have a three-year Port State Control (PSC) detention ratio of less than 1.00% and be credited with 10+ PSC exams per year for the last three years. QS21 status brings advantages to vessels visiting the US.
Liberia and eight other maritime nations were all new additions to the QS21 and E-ZERO list this year.
“We are very pleased to have made the QS21 roster. It is recognition for the many years of work that we, our clients, ship managers, and masters and crew have put into safety training and meeting environmental standards. We have a great team of dedicated staff – good people with at-sea experience – who are working closely with vessels on compliance as they come into the US,” said Alfonso Castillero, coo of the Liberian Registry.
“The number of new additions to QS21 in 2019-2020 is fantastic recognition of the work that maritime administrations, owners, and crew have put into safety initiatives. It is also testament to the efforts of the US Coast Guard, who are often overlooked when it comes to handing out praise,” he added.
Source: Seatrade Maritime News