As the round of PSC reports continue, two flag states – Republic of Marshall Islands and Bahamas – have issued announcements boasting their individual rankings.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) has said it is placed highly in all three of the main MoU regions. It is ranked 6th on the white list of the Paris MoU Current Flag Performance List 2019. The Paris MoU’s “white, grey, and black (WGB) lists are based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a 3-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period.”
This follows the top rankings the RMI has already received from the United States Coast Guard and Tokyo MoU earlier this year. The RMI claims its 2019 rankings by all three of the major port State control (PSC) authorities ‘reflects the fact that the RMI once again outperforms Panama and Liberia in quality and detention records, confirming the RMI’s position as the premier quality registry’.
Between the years 2017-2019, 4,481 RMI flagged vessels were inspected by Paris MoU members, resulting in only 69 detentions. The WGB list is used for calculating the Ship Risk Profile. “This ranking confirms our status as the flag of choice for the best quality shipowners whose charterers and investors expect their vessels to be fully compliant and not unnecessarily detained or targeted for inspection. We continue to focus relentlessly on providing the global infrastructure of local inspectors and support offices which allow us to provide a first-class service,” said Bill Gallagher, President of International Registries, Inc. and its affiliates (IRI), which provide administrative and technical support to the RMI Registry.
Meanwhile, the Bahamas has also used the latest Paris MoU rankings to underline its status in a statement saying ’the Bahamas Maritime Authority (BMA) is delighted to once again be ranked the top non-European ship register and in the top three of all registries in the recently released Paris MoU White List rankings on port state inspection performance’.
Stephen Keenan, Head of the Inspections and Surveys Department at the BMA, said: “To be placed so highly again on the White List is testament to the efforts of the BMA team, its Recognised Organisations, BMA inspectors, owners, managers and seafarers. We would like to thank them all for their continued adherence to the levels of performance required by the BMA which has resulted in this consistently low detention record.”
To support its owners, The BMA team provides ongoing advice and guidance to assist with port state control and regulatory compliance issues, as well as regular flag state inspections, statutory audits and surveys of the fleet, all of which help to ensure that the ships comply with international conventions.
This excellent ranking on the Paris MoU White List follows on from the BMA’s recognition earlier in the year by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) with its award of Qualship 21 status to the Registry.