The Isle of Man Ship Registry is pleased to announce that we have retained our United States Coast Guard ‘QualShip-21’ and ‘E-Zero’ status for a further year. This was confirmed in the United States Coast Guard ('USCG') Annual Report 2019 which was published this week. This will be advantageous to our clients who may benefit from reduced PSC inspections in the United States if they are enrolled in Qualship-21 program.
The program is based upon data from Port State Control inspections in the United States and has long been regarded as a key performance indicator within the Shipping Industry. The program is designed to reward quality vessels, their owners and Flag Administration for their commitment to safety and quality. A quality vessel is associated with a well-run company, is classed by an organization with a quality track record, is registered with a Flag Administration with a superior Port State Control record, and has an outstanding Port State Control history in U.S. waters.
In order for a flag state to qualify, their detention ratio must be less than 1.0% over the last three year period. During 2019, Manx ships had 132 safety examinations in the United States and had zero detentions. Isle of Man Ship Registry Director Cameron Mitchell was understandably delighted with this performance. He commented:
“We’re thrilled to have retained Qualship-21 status for another year and to have further independent verification of the performance of our fleet. I want to place on record our continued gratitude to all our clients who’s efforts have enabled this achievement.”
Our performance in the Qualship-21 program builds upon other excellent PSC performance rankings, including 1st place in the 2018 Paris MoU White List. You can read more about this here.