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MARSHALL ISLANDS ACHIEVES QUALSHIP 21 FOR 15th YEAR RUNNING

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) says it has been recognised on the United States Coast Guard's (USCG's) QUALSHIP 21 roster for 2019-2020.

The USCG programme rewards vessels for commitment to safety and quality when calling at ports in the US. Only flag States which maintain a port State control (PSC) detention ratio of 1.00% or less over a three-year period and also meet a stringent set of judgement criteria are eligible for the programme. RMI says it is the only leading registry to have maintained this position for 15 consecutive years, which is testament to quality tonnage in the fleet. 

"Maintaining QUALSHIP 21 status is of significant importance to the RMI; it delivers tangible benefits to shipowners and operators trading in US waters," said Bill Gallagher, President, International Registries Inc and its affiliates (IRI), which provides administrative and technical support to the RMI Maritime and Corporate Registries. "This is an exceptionally difficult standard to achieve; other flags come and go, but the RMI has remained consistent and steadfast for 15 years counting which is unprecedented for a large flag. Achieving QUALSHIP 21 again speaks to our long-term commitment and ability to support owners and operators in maintaining vessels to the highest safety, quality, and environmental standards."

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