Paris MoU releases new flag performance listings

Paul Gunton

Paul Gunton · 18 June 2019

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Port State Control regional body Paris MoU has approved the 2018 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations (ROs). These lists will take effect from 1 July 2019.

The “White, Grey and Black (WGB) List” presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk. The list is based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a three-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in that period.

Regarding the “White, Grey and Black list” for 2018, a total number of 73 flags are listed: 41 on the “White List”, 18 on the “Grey List” and 14 on the “Black List”. In 2017 the total number of flag States on the list was also 73 of which 40 on the White List, 20 on the Grey List and 13 on the Black List.

The White List represents quality flags with a consistently low detention record. Compared to 2017, the number of flags on the White List has increased by one. Lithuania and the Russian Federation have entered the White list while Saudi Arabia has dropped to the Grey List.

Flags with an average performance are shown on the Grey List. Their appearance on this list may serve as an incentive to improve and move to the White List. At the same time flags at the lower end of the Grey List should be careful not to neglect control over their ships and risk ending up on the Black List next year.

On this year’s Grey List a total number of 18 flags is recorded. Last year the Grey List recorded 20 flags. New on the Grey List is the already mentioned flag of Saudi Arabia. Vanuatu has entered the Grey List from the Black List. Bulgaria has become a non-listed flag. Albania has dropped to the Black List. New on the performance list and to the Black List is Mongolia.

For several years the Committee has closely monitored the performance of ROs acting on behalf of flags. To calculate the performance of the Recognized Organizations, the same formula to calculate the excess factor of the flags is used. A minimum number of 60 inspections per RO is needed before the performance is taken into account for the list. In 2018 32 ROs were recorded on the performance list.

Compared with last year’s performance level, the level of RO performance is similar, with 4 ROs in the very low performing parts. Details of the responsibility of Recognized Organizations for detainable deficiencies have been published since 1999. When one or more detainable deficiencies are attributed to a Recognized Organization in accordance with the Paris MoU criteria, it is recorded “RO responsible” and the RO is informed. Out of 566 detentions recorded in 2018, a number of 97 (17%) were considered RO related (14.3% in 2017).

As from 1 July 2019 the performance lists will be used for calculating the Ship Risk Profile. More information is promised in the 2018 Annual Report, which will be published in July 2019.

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