The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry is pleased to announce that 19 RMI flagged vessels of the A.M. Nomikos fleet have been awarded Qualship 21 status by the United States (US) Coast Guard (USCG).
Only awarded to vessels sailing under a qualifying flag, the Qualship 21 program rewards high quality ships, helping to build positive reputations with US port State control (PSC) authorities.
Mr. Yannis Stratakis, Business Development, A.M. Nomikos, said:
“We feel very proud to be awarded Qualship 21 status, as it not only shows a dedication to quality aboard our vessels, but a dedication to providing the very best service to our charterers. Our Qualship 21 status means a reduced risk of unnecessary detentions or hold ups. We pride ourselves on an ability to achieve high operational standards, and continuous focus on safety and incident prevention.”
The RMI Registry is one of only a handful of ship registries whose vessels maintain a 1.0% three-year detention ratio in US ports and is the only large commercial flag to maintain its Qualship 21 status for 13 years in a row.
“Where other large flag States fail to qualify for Qualship 21, we understand the significant competitive advantage that it gives enrolled ships visiting ports in the US. That is why we continue to encourage vessels under the RMI flag to enroll in the scheme, and why we continue to work at maintaining our own Qualship 21 status as a commercial flag,” said Theo Xenakoudis, Director, Worldwide Business Operations, International Registries, Inc.