Latest developments mean UK flag
is no flag of convenience
UK Ships Register back in
Qualship 21 and is top of the Paris MOU 'White List'
The UK Ship Register is back in the Qualship 21 programme operated by
the US Coast Guard that rewards flag states that have good port state
control records in US ports.
David Wright, Registrar General for the UK Ship Register said “this is
excellent news and highlights the fact that the UK Ship Register is
recognised as a quality register as proved through its recent
Instituted in 2001, Qualship 21 stands for Quality Shipping for the
21st Century. The programme promises qualified participants name
recognition as well as fewer port state control inspections.
The cut-off for inclusion into Qualship 21 is a three-year running
detention rate of 1% or less, based on a minimum of 10 distinct US
arrivals a year. The average is determined by dividing the total
number of safety and environmental IMO detentions by the number of
each flag state’s annual distinct vessel arrivals.
Less than 10% of all foreign-flagged ships calling in the US each year
earn this recognition and only a handful of flag states meet the
Last month the UK register reached the top of the Paris MOU 'White
List' and therefore also has the best port state control record
in the Paris Memorandum of Understanding region for 2006.
Achieving the top position on the Paris MOU Committee ‘White List’ of
quality Flag States has been described as bringing to an end the
belief that the growth of the UK Ship Register means a decline in
The UK Ship Register was ranked third on the previous ‘White List’,
which represents those quality flags with a consistently low detention
Peter Cardy, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
which administers the UK Ship Register, said at the time:
"This is tremendous news and contradicts the claims that in seeking
the ‘grow the flag’ the UK Ship Register has lowered its standards and
become a ‘flag of convenience’. It is not, it has never been and it
never will be".
"The reality is that the UK Ship Register is recognised as a ‘Quality
Flag’ with ships flying the Red Ensign meeting the highest quality
safety standards and, therefore, being less likely to be detained."
"Reaching the top position on the ‘White List’ justifies our goal to
work closely with our customers to improve the quality of the ships
joining the Register. We believe that quality is non-negotiable and
that standards set by reputable sections of the shipping industry
should not be compromised by sub-standard shipping."
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There were a total of 17 additions to the UK Ship Register during June
2007 resulting in just less than 200,000 worth of gross tonnage being
added. Of these 17 additions 8 were new builds.
During June 2007 vessels joined the UK Ship Register from Allocean
Ltd, Brostrom Tankers SAS, Stolt Nielsen Transportation, Maersk, CMA
CGM and Zodiac.
Amongst the most significant vessels to join were the CMA CGM MARLIN
and CMA CGM KINGFISH. Both are new build container ships of 54,309 GT.
Other significant vessels to join the UK Ship Register were 3 Brostrom
vessels, the BRO ALBERT, BRO ALEXANDRE and the BRO ARTHUR. All are
tankers of 28,226 GT.
The average age of the UK fleet continues to reduce as the majority of
the vessels coming onto the UK Ship Register are either new builds or
of younger tonnage. The average age of vessels flagging-in during June
was five years.