The Coast Guard posted an update on its Qualship 21 website to reflect that Belgium has been designated as a fully qualified flag administration by the Qualship21 program.
The Qualship 21 program:
Coast Guard efforts to eliminate substandard shipping have focused on improving methods to identify poor-quality vessels. However, regardless of the score that a vessel receives in the Coast Guard 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 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.
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