One of the most favoured flag states used by owners in the Middle East, the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) registry, has just achieved an unparalleled 17 consecutive years on the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG’s) Qualship 21 roster. The RMI is the only one of the world’s three largest registries to attain this status.
More than 1,100 RMI flagged vessels were enrolled in Qualship 21 in 2020, with an additional 78 having enrolled to date in 2021. This means approximately one third of all Qualship 21 certified vessels are flying the RMI flag.
“We are exceptionally proud of our fleet and this unprecedented achievement which reflects our owners’ long-term commitment to high-quality and safe vessel operations,” said Bill Gallagher, President of International Registries, Inc. (IRI), which provide administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry. “Our owners, operators, and fleet operations teams work closely together to ensure high levels of compliance while also implementing new technologies to create a sustainable future for our industry.”
In 2020, the RMI Registry issued an advisory note which allowed for remote inspections where a physical inspection was not advisable or permissible due to local restrictions. To date, 1,098 remote inspections have been conducted, RMI points out.