The U.S. Coast Guard has presented a list of flag States which have successfully met specified safety, regulatory, and quality requirements of the Qualship21 Program, when calling ports in the United States.
n 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 Qualship21, quality shipping for the 21st century.
The list of fully qualified flag administrations is updated annually on June 30th. This date marks the beginning that any newly qualified flag administration’s vessels may begin to enrol in the program and closes enrolment for vessels registered to flags that are no longer qualified.
The following flag administrations have met all the requirements for full participation in the Qualship21 program (Valid through the end of June 2024):
- Cayman Islands
- Hong Kong
- Marshall Islands
- Republic of Korea
- Saudi Arabia
- United Kingdom
In addition, the Flag Administrations bellow have shown a commitment to excellence in their level of compliance with international standards but do not meet the full requirements for Qualship21 eligibility.
Specifically, they have not met the requirement of at least 10 port state control examinations per calendar year for the previous three years. The list below contains Flag Administrations that have had at least three port state control safety examinations in each of the previous three years and have not been subject to any Port State Control detention in that same time period:
- British Virgin Islands
- Farce Islands