USCG Adds New Environmental Designation to QUALSHIP 21 Programme

Thursday April 20, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG's) Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has announced the addition of E-Zero to its existing QUALSHIP 21 programme, which will indicate if a vessel has zero environmental deficiencies or violations.

The E-Zero designation, which will be officially launched on July 1, will be awarded to QUALSHIP 21 vessels that have "consistently adhered to environmental compliance, while also demonstrating an immense commitment to environmental stewardship, above and beyond the QUALSHIP 21 criteria," explains USCG.

"The QUALSHIP 21 program as a whole remains voluntary and is aimed at recognising foreign ships that have demonstrated the highest commitment to maintaining strict compliance with U.S. and international safety, security and environmental regulations."

Vessels currently covered under QUALSHIP 21 are noted to be due for renewal under the programme between July 1 and December 1, at which time they will be automatically screened for eligibility under the E-Zero addition.

Other vessels may submit applications to receive the E-Zero designation.