The foresaid report provides key statistics related to the enforcement of regulations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).
Vessel Arrivals and Examinations Increased, Detentions Decreased
In 2016, a total of 9,859 individual vessels, from 83 different flag administrations, made 81,877 port calls to the United States. The Coast Guard conducted 9,390 SOLAS safety exams and 8,818 ISPS exams on these vessels. The total number of ships detained in 2016 for environmental protection and safety related deficiencies decreased from 202 to 103. The total number of ships detained in 2016 for security related deficiencies slightly decreased from 11 to 8.
Flag Administration Safety and Security Performance
Flag administration safety performance for 2016 increased, with the overall annual detention rate dropping from 2.18% to 1.09%. The three-year rolling detention ratio also decreased from 1.67% to 1.63%. The flag administrations of Honduras and Malta were both removed from our Targeted Flag List. Flag administration security performance for 2016 increased as well, with the annual Control Action Ratio (CAR) decreasing from 0.13% to 0.09%. The three-year rolling average CAR has remained steady at 0.11%. Additionally, the flag administrations of Egypt, Honduras, and Tanzania were all removed from ISPS/MTSA targeted matrix.
In addition to receiving appeals contesting the overall merits of a detention, we also receive appeals requesting the removal of a party’s association to a detention. In 2016, Coast Guard Headquarters received a total of 13 detention appeals. Four appeals were submitted challenging the overall merits of the detention. All four were denied. For those parties appealing their association with a detention, nine total, all nine were granted.
The Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance further announced the QUALSHIP 21 E-Zero Program, which officially commences July 1, 2017.
Specifically, E-Zero indicates a vessel has zero environmental deficiencies or violations and is a new addition to the existing QUALSHIP 21 program, which has been in place for over 15 years worldwide. The E-Zero designation will be awarded to QUALSHIP 21 ships that have consistently adhered to environmental compliance, while also demonstrating an immense commitment to environmental stewardship, above and beyond the QUALSHIP 21 criteria.
The QUALSHIP 21 program as a whole remains voluntary and is aimed at recognizing foreign ships that have demonstrated the highest commitment to maintaining strict compliance with U.S. and international safety, security and environmental regulations.
All existing QUALSHIP 21 ships due for renewal between July 1 and December 1, 2017 will be automatically screened for eligibility. For all other QUALSHIP 21 ships that presently meet the E-Zero criteria, we welcome shipping companies to submit applications in order to have the E-Zero designation added to current certificates for reissuance.
Present Incentives for QUALSHIP 21 Vessels VS New Incentives For QUALSHIP 21/E-Zero Vessels
Present Incentives for QUALSHIP 21 Vessels
New Incentives For QUALSHIP 21/E-Zero Vessels
Further details may be found in the Annual Report herebelow
You may also read the E-Zero Pamphlet
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