For the first time in the history of the Malta Vessel Register, Malta has been recognized by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) under the QUALSHIP21 initiative, MMinister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Aaron Farrugia, said.
This is “very good news for the Maltese flag” and further confirms Malta’s status as a flagship state with the best performance, he added.
The USCG QUALSHIP21 Initiative – Quality Shipping for the 21st Century is an initiative by the USCG to recognize and reward high quality vessels for their safety and quality, having been found with little or no deficiencies and being operated with responsibly.
“This is the result of continuous investment in people, technology from the Malta Merchant Shipping Directorate, to verify and supervise its ships, and close communication with the State Control authorities. -Port (PSC) worldwide. This is also thanks to the continuous support and cooperation that exists between the regulator and the industry “, said Minister Farrugia.
The minister also stated that the gthe government’s strategy of growth through quality is bearing fruit. “These positive results were recorded at a time when the Malta Ship Registry continued to record growth in terms of tonnage. Obtaining the QUALSHIP 21 certificate for the first time in these challenging times gives us more courage to invest more in the maritime industry to gain more added value in our economy. This is also another clear message to our partners that we are committed to quality, and we appreciate their trust in the flag of Malta.“, Continued the minister.
“This ranking confirms our status as the flag of quality, reputation and confidence for top quality shipowners whose charter and investors expect their vessels to be fully compliant and not detained or targeted for unnecessary inspection.“, Stated the The Registrar General of Shipping and Seafarers within Transport Malta Ivan Sammut, added that the authority manages the largest register in Europe and the sixth in the world through its Merchant Shipping Directorate.