Published: 4 July 2019

Updated: 16 April 2020

Anthony Banya

The Paris MoU Committee has approved the 2018 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organisations (ROs). These lists will apply from 1 July 2019 and are based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a 3-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in that period. 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.

In 2018, of the 73 flag state registers, 41 were on the ‘White List’, 18 on the ‘Grey List’ and 14 on the ‘Black List’. ‘White List’ vessels had a detention rate of 2.3%, the ‘Grey List’ rate was 6.4%, and the ‘Black List’ detention rate was 12.2%,

Paris MoU has also been monitoring the performance of ROs acting on behalf of flag states. When one or more detainable deficiencies are attributed to an RO in accordance with the Paris MoU criteria, it is recorded as ‘RO responsible’ and the RO is informed. Out of 566 detentions recorded in 2018, a total of 97 (17%) were considered RO related. In 2017, the number was 14.3%.

The best performing ROs were judged to be ABS, DNV, GL, China Classification Society, LR and BV and the lowest performing were International Register of Shipping, Panama Shipping Registrar, Shipping Register of Ukraine and Columbus American Register.