Once again, Denmark is appointed a Q21 nation (Quality Shipping)
Once again, the U.S. Coast Guard has issued Denmark with the acknowledged certificate for United States Coast Guard's Quality Shipping for the 21st Century Program (QUALSHIP 21).
The program is intended to secure and improve shipping and has existed since 2001. The program aims at identifying high quality ships and promoting quality shipping in this manner.
Denmark has just received a diploma as evidence of the fact that Danish shipping maintains the standards of quality shipping.
- Naturally, I am pleased that Danish shipping meets the high standards characteristic of quality shipping. Quality shipping is the foundation of the maritime industry in Denmark. Safety and growth go hand-in-hand, says Director General Andreas Nordseth of the Danish Maritime Authority.
The QUALSHIP 21 requirements have become stricter since last year, and the requirements for flag States being QUALSHIP 21 approved have become more rigorous.
- This recognition stresses once again that Danish ships are quality ships and it is a distinction that will also benefit Danish shipping's possibilities of operating in international waters, says Andreas Nordseth.
QUALSHIP 21 is the port State control regime in the USA just as Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU. Currently, 18 countries have received the QUALSHIP 21 certificate.
At the same time, Denmark figures among the top countries on the so-called Whitelists within the port State control regimes of Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU.
About Danish Maritime Authority
“The Danish Maritime Authority sets the direction for future quality shipping”
Our field of responsibility is based on the shipping industry and its framework conditions, the ship and its crew. In addition, we are responsible for aids to navigation in the waters surrounding Denmark and ashore. In other words, the Danish Maritime Authority has the responsibility for the following:
- The construction, equipment and operation of Danish ships (including safety, terror prevention, navigational regulations, manning, occupational health and environmental protection) as well as port State control of foreign ships calling at Danish ports.
- Ship registration.
- Seafarers’ employment, health and conditions of social security.
- Shipping policy, maritime law as well as industrial policy, both nationally and internationally.
- Tasks related to aids to navigation at sea and ashore (lighthouses and buoys), including ships and repair workshops.
- Navigational information in the form of navigational analyses, warnings, GIS and specialist publications.
- The national pilot authority.
The Danish Maritime Authority consists of the central authority, eight survey offices, including the office in Nuuk, Greenland, as well as the Centre of Maritime Health and Safety on the island of Fanø.
Our responsibility as a government agency applies both to the merchant fleet and the fishing industry. However, the Danish Maritime Authority is not responsible for the industrial policy relating to fishing which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries.
Please observe that the surveillance of Danish waters and of civilian shipping, sovereignty enforcement, the police authority, pollution prevention, environmental surveillance, ice-breaking, etc. are the responsibility of the Ministry of Defence.
The Danish Maritime Authority is a government agency under the Ministry of Business and Growth.
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