The UK Ship Register has once more been awarded US QUALSHIP 21 (Quality Shipping for the 21st Century) status, one of the world’s top standards.
It is granted by the US Coast Guard (USCG) to flag administrations and vessel owners that consistently demonstrate a commitment to quality and safety.
Katy Ware, director of UK Maritime Services, said: “We are proud to have maintained our QUALSHIP 21 status for yet another year, demonstrating that the UK Ship Register is a consistently top performing international ship register.
“The standards for inclusion are strict and it shows the commitment to the high levels of safety that ships on the UK Flag operate under.
“We are delighted to have held this status for many years now.”
QUALSHIP 21 assesses ships’ safety and pollution prevention records and is awarded against a stringent set of criteria, including the requirement for a less-than one percent detention ratio over a rolling three-year average.
UK Flagged ships with the status gain significant competitive advantage when trading with the US, being subjected to fewer port state control inspections when in US waters and lowering the likelihood of delays.