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Performance lists flags and recognized organizations

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Richard W.J. Schiferli, the Paris MoU  Secretary General

Richard W.J. Schiferli, the Paris MoU Secretary General

New targeting lists Paris MoU

At its 46th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2012 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from 1 July 2013.

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. It is 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.

On the “White, Grey and Black list” for 2012 a total number of 78 flags are isted: 45 on the “White list”, 19 on the “Grey list”, and 14 on the “Black list”.

The “White List” represents quality flags with a consistently low detention record. Compared with last year, the number of flags on the “White List” has increased by 2 flags to a total number of 45 flags. New on the “White List” are the United States and Thailand, which were still on the “Grey List” last year.

France has been placed highest on the list in terms of performance. The next in line of the best performing flags in 2012 are Germany, Hong Kong, Sweden and Greece.

Flags with an average performance are shown on the “Grey List”. Their appearance on this list may act 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 19 flags is recorded. Last year the “Grey List” recorded 20 flags. New on the “Grey List” are the Syrian Arab Republic, which were last year still on the “Black List”.

The poorest performing flag is Bolivia (very high risk), followed by Tanzania, Togo, Sierra Leone, Honduras and Moldova (medium to high risk).  New on the “Black List” are the flags of Honduras and Dominica.

A flag’s ranking is taken into account when targeting ships for inspection and ships flying flags listed on the “Black” and “Grey” list are liable for banning from the region after multiple detentions.

The Paris MoU also agreed on the performance listing of Recognized Organizations (ROs). ROs have been delegated with statutory responsibilities by flag States. This list uses the same method of calculation as the flag State table but counts only those detentions, which the Paris MoU considers to be directly related to a statutory survey carried out by the Recognized Organization and a minimum number of 60 inspections per RO are needed before the performance is taken into account for the list. In 2012 30 ROs are recorded on the performance list.

Among the best performing Recognized Organizations were:

  • American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • Lloyd’s Register (UK) (LR)

The lowest performing Recognized Organizations were:

  • Phoenix Register of Shipping (Greece) (PHRS)
  • INCLAMAR (Cyprus)
  • Register of Shipping (Albania) (RSA)

On 1 July 2013 the performance lists will be used for calculating the ship risk profile and flags on the “Grey List” and “Black List” are subject to the more stringent banning measures in force since 1 January 2011. More information can be found in the 2012 Annual Report, which will be released in July 2013.

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Press release targeting list – WGB-lists

Press release targeting lists – RO performance list

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