The Cayman Islands is allowed to continue in the United States Coast Guard’s Quality Shipping for the 21st century (QUALSHIP 21) Program for the ninth consecutive year.
QUALSHIP 21 is the USCG’s matrix system of extending recognition to foreign ships, which fly the flag of a state that has demonstrated an excellent safety and pollution prevention record with respect to its registered ships.
The United States Coast Guard recognised the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry for its port state control record and listed it as one of the few qualifying flag administrations eligible for QUALSHIP 21. Cayman-flagged vessels that call on US ports have compiled an excellent port state control record in the past three calendar years. Cayman’s rolling three-year detention percentage is below the 1.0% threshold that is required for inclusion into the QUALSHIP 21 programme.
The system rewards high-quality ships and contributes to the elimination of substandard vessels, as ships in the QUALSHIP 21 system are required to undergo significantly fewer port state control inspections by the US Coast Guard while they are in US waters.