2 Jul 2010

Marshalls ship registry gets high US, European recognition

9:31 am on 2 July 2010

The Marshall Islands ship registry that flagged an oil rig that caused the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been named by the United States Coast Guard as one of the top registries worldwide.

The US Coast Guard issued its 'Qualship 21' list for 2010 earlier this week that recognizes the top-performing foreign flag ship registries that meet U.S. safety standards.

The Coast Guard¹s announcement follows a Netherlands-based group naming the Marshall Islands registry to its 'white list' of 39 foreign flags that meet European shipping standards.

The Registry's spokesman Baron Bigler says the high ratings of the Marshall Islands flag are a testament to the hard work staff worldwide perform every year.