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What is a Qualship 21?
Coast Guard efforts to eliminate substandard shipping have focused on improving methods to identify poor-quality vessels (targeting schemes).
However, regardless of the score that a vessel receives in our targeting matrix, all foreign-flagged vessels are examined no less than once each year.
This provides few incentives for the well run, quality ship. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of vessels are operated responsibly, and are typically found with few or no deficiencies.
Under our current policies, these vessels are boarded at similar intervals as vessels that arent operated responsibly. These quality vessels should be recognized and rewarded for their commitment to safety and quality.
Therefore, on January 1, 2001, the Coast Guard will implement an initiative to identify high-quality ships, and provide incentives to encourage quality operations.
This initiative is called Qualship 21, quality shipping for the 21st century.
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