Cyprus has joined the 21 USCG Qualification list after establishing its position on the Paris ‘white list of MoUs’ and relating to the safety performance of the flag administration.
The Qualship 21 program which recognizes the status of the best performing flags based on the performance of port condition control over a rolling three year period containing the top 25 flag administrations for July 2020 to 30 June 2021, down two flags in the 2019/2020 period.
South Korea joins Cyprus on the last list, but Liberia, the second largest flag state in the world, along with China, Belgium and Curacao are out.
Cyprus’s average three-year detention ratio for the 2017-2019 period is 0.96% compared to the average USCG ratio of 1.08%.
The Shipping Ministry of Cyprus points out that as a “result of the national shipping strategy implemented since the ministry’s inception” in March 2018, with the aim of strengthening the position of the island nation as one of the world’s top flag administrations and leading shipping groups, which in 2019, the annual ship- Cypriot ships are reduced to 0.55%, from 1.79% in 2018, while the 2019 USCG ratio is 1.12%.
The Cypriot Minister of Shipping, Natasa Pilides, said: “Deputy Shipping has always focused on providing high quality services and will continue to focus on providing trusted and trusted services for all our collaborators while ensuring security, security and environmental protection.
“Over the past few years, the Ministry of Shipping has introduced a number of new applications on its website ranging from electronic seafarers management systems to electronic verification of certificates, online filing and management of tax returns, tax calculators, and interactive career platforms for seafarers.
“We are pleased our strategy has significantly increased our offer to ship owners and increased safety as reflected in the reduced detention ratio. An automated port state control system and an online vessel registration application are also being developed, which aims to reduce bureaucracy and improve our one-stop service. “
Committed to safeguarding and enhancing the competitiveness of Cyprus’s maritime clusters, the Ministry has obtained EU approval for the extension of the tonnage tax system for the next 10 years. He has also taken steps to promote maritime education in Cyprus, while maritime and maritime innovation has gained new momentum with the creation of the Cyprus Maritime and Maritime Institute as it seeks to contribute in shaping international policies for greener, smarter and safer shipping.
Meanwhile, about a third of Qualship 21’s certified vessels fly the Marshall Islands flag, which has been on the Qualship 21 list for 16 years in a row.
Rear Admiral Richard V Timme, assistant commander for prevention policy at USCG, wrote in a report for 2019 that inspectors of US port state control will strongly enforce Marpol Annex VI global 0.5 new global limits on fuel sulfur content and US 0.1% ECA limit .
“We realize there may be challenges by meeting new low-sulfur fuel requirements, I strongly encourage operators and owners to develop contingency plans for potential compliance challenges and include them as part of their Safety Management System,” Timme warns.
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