Belgium obtains ‘Qual Ship’ Certificate from USCG

 

Belgium has obtained the ‘Qual Ship’ Certificate of the USCG (see annex). This certificate is awarded to flag states which have proven to have an excellent safety and pollution prevention record with respect to its ships. Ships in this ‘Qual ship’ system are required to undergo significantly less Port State Control inspections by the USCG whilst in US waters.

 

Acrobat Document

 

What is a QUALSHIP 21?


Coast Guard efforts to eliminate substandard shipping have focused on improving methods to identify poor-quality vessels (targeting schemes). However, regardless of the score that a vessel receives in our targeting matrix, all foreign-flagged vessels are examined no less than once each year. This provides few incentives for the well run, quality ship. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of vessels are operated responsibly, and are typically found with few or no deficiencies. Under our current policies, vessels operating at a higher-quality share nearly the same examination intervals as those vessels operating at lower-quality standards. These high-quality vessels should be recognized and rewarded for their commitment to safety and quality. Therefore, on January 1, 2001, the Coast Guard implemented an initiative to identify high-quality ships, and provide incentives to encourage quality operations. This initiative is called QUALSHIP 21, quality shipping for the 21st century.

Belgium obtains ‘Qual Ship’ Certificate from USCG

 

Belgium has obtained the ‘Qual Ship’ Certificate of the USCG (see annex). This certificate is awarded to flag states which have proven to have an excellent safety and pollution prevention record with respect to its ships. Ships in this ‘Qual ship’ system are required to undergo significantly less Port State Control inspections by the USCG whilst in US waters.

 

Acrobat Document

 

What is a QUALSHIP 21?


Coast Guard efforts to eliminate substandard shipping have focused on improving methods to identify poor-quality vessels (targeting schemes). However, regardless of the score that a vessel receives in our targeting matrix, all foreign-flagged vessels are examined no less than once each year. This provides few incentives for the well run, quality ship. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of vessels are operated responsibly, and are typically found with few or no deficiencies. Under our current policies, vessels operating at a higher-quality share nearly the same examination intervals as those vessels operating at lower-quality standards. These high-quality vessels should be recognized and rewarded for their commitment to safety and quality. Therefore, on January 1, 2001, the Coast Guard implemented an initiative to identify high-quality ships, and provide incentives to encourage quality operations. This initiative is called QUALSHIP 21, quality shipping for the 21st century.