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Tuesday, October 16, 2018


INTERTANKO would like to inform its members that the USCG has recently introduced a new scheme with respect to port state control inspections in the U.S. aiming to reward quality vessels.

The new scheme is named QUALSHIP 21 (quality shipping for the 21st century) and will come into effect on 1 January 2001. INTERTANKO encourages this initiative.

To define the quality vessels, the USCG has adopted the following eligibility requirements:

  • The vessel must be a non-U.S. flagged ship
  • The vessel should not have been detained in the U.S. in the last 36 months (1/1/98 to 31/12/00)
  • The vessel should not have had any violations or serious marine casualties, and no more than one ticket in the U.S. in the last 36 months
  • The vessel should have passed a U.S. PSC exam during the previous 12 months
  • The vessel should not be owned or operated by any company that has been associated with any PSC detention in U.S. waters within the last 24 months
  • The vessel should not be classed by, or have its statutory Convention Certificate issued by, a targeted Class Society. Targeted Class Societies are those class societies that have points in the U.S. Port State Control Matrix. According to the USCG 1999 Annual Report, the following Class Societies have no points on the targeting matrix and therefore vessels classed with one of the following societies may be eligible:
    • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
    • Bulgarski Koraben Registar (BKR)
    • Bureau Veritas (BV)
    • Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
    • Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
    • Indian Register of Shipping (IRS)
    • Lloyd’s Register (LR)
    • Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
    • Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
  • The vessel should not be registered with a Flag State that has a detention ratio of more than 1/3 of the overall U.S. detention ratio, determined on a 3-year rolling average and vessel’s Flag State must have at least 10 distinct arrivals in each of the last 3 years. According to the USCG 1999 Annual Report, the 3-year overall Flag State U.S. detention ratio of the period 1997-1999 is 5.05% and therefore vessels are eligible that are flagged with a Flag State having a ratio lower than 1.68% and in addition 10 distinct arrivals in each of the last 3 years. INTERTANKO has identified from the last three USCG Annual PSC Report that the following Flag States that comply with the requirement:  Bermuda, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Luxemburg, Marshall Islands, Myanmar (Burma), Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

·         Vessel’s Flag State must have submitted its Self-Assessment of Flag State performance to the IMO and provided a copy to the USCG.

  • The USCG reserves the right to deny eligibility to any vessel because of special circumstances, including but not limited to, significant overseas casualties or detentions, and pending criminal or civil investigations.


Vessels that comply with the above requirements will receive a Quality Certificate (US Certificate of Compliance) with a maximum 2 years’ period of validity and their names will be posted on the relevant USCG Port State Control web page. The Qualship 21 tankers must still be examined annually; however, the mid-period examination may be less thorough and replace the annual tank ship examination. Although the new scheme does not directly imply lower port fees for quality vessels, it is stated that the USCG is currently working on establishing a future initiative for reduced port fees for the eligible vessels.

The USCG will publish a preliminary list of the eligible vessels and will invite their owners to participate. INTERTANKO members who wish to receive more detailed information about the programme may visit the USCG’s QUALSHIP 21 Website  or contact The Foreign and Offshore Compliance Division, of the Office of Compliance (G-MOC-2) to the main telephone number, (202) 267-2978, or G-MOC’s public mail folder,

INTERTANKO will follow developments closely and will update its membership on a regular basis through the Weekly News. For more information, please contact