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Liberian Registry Attains Qualship21 Status by USCG

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Published Mar 28, 2022 10:44 AM by The Maritime Executive

[By: Liberian Registry]

The Liberian Registry has been awarded QUALSHIP 21 status for 2022-2023 by the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG). The prestigious QS21program recognizes vessels and  flag States which have successfully met specified safety and quality requirements and regulations  when calling at ports in the United States. 

Alfonso Castillero, Chief Operating Officer of the Liberian International Ship and Corporate  Registry (LISCR), says: “We are honored and humbled to have been awarded Qualship21 status.  This is a major metric of which quality and performance is measured by the maritime industry. In  addition to being White Listed by the Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU, being added into Qualship 21  is further reinforcement of our commitment to excellence, and our investment in the right people  and processes to ensure a safe and compliant fleet.” 

Executive Vice President of Maritime Operations, Reynaldo Garibaldi further commented: “This  great success is a direct result of our great investment into the technology, the systems, and most  importantly the people needed to implement our Dynamic Detention Prevention Program, and  oversee our fleet performance and quality. The team we have in place is experienced, and  understands the needs of both the shipping industry, and port state control officers. I also want to  thank the United States Coast Guard for working so closely and in assisting us in ensuring that the  Liberian fleet was as compliant as possible when calling in US ports.” 

Castillero continued: “we need to thank the owners and operators of the Liberian flagged fleet.  Their commitment to safety and quality matches ours and we could not have achieved this without  them. Over these past three years we have seen incredible growth in the Registry, with our fleet  already over 5000 vessels and over 200 million gross tons. But during this time, our port state  control performance has only gotten better and better. This past year we out performed all the  other major flags in the United States with the fewest detentions amongst the top three flag States. 

To qualify for QS21, flag administrations must have a three-year Port State Control (PSC)  detention ratio of less than 1.00% and be credited with 10+ PSC exams per year for the last three  years. QS21 status brings advantages to vessels visiting the US.
 

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