In March 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard began issuing Qualship 21 Program certificates to Flag Administrations, companies and vessels with a unique identification number. The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance website started including these numbers next to the associate party.
Please note that the Coast Guard will not issue new certificates to vessels with these identification numbers until their next renewal. The lack of an identification number on a current certificate does not make the certificate invalid. It will take two or more years for all of the Qualship 21 certificates, without identification numbers, to be replaced.
If there is ever any question on the validity of any certificate associated with the Qualship 21 Program, you should contact the Qualship 21 Program coordinator at (202) 372-1587 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .
QS21 started issuing certificates with unique identifiers in March. So far the QS21 vessel list has been updated to include the numbers and an explanation has been added to the QS21 details page.
This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.
Categories: Commercial Vessel Compliance