Gray no more.

Grey no more.

The Paris MoU on Port State Control Committee has approved their 2012 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and ‘Recognized Organiziations’, which is to enter into force on July 1, 2013.

The Paris MoU’s “White, Grey and Black (WGB) List” presents the full spectrum, from quality flags (White) to flags with a poor performance (Black) that are considered high or very high risk. 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 rankings 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 year’s list includes a total of 78 flags, made up of: 45 on the “White list”, 19 on the “Grey list”, and 14 on the “Black list”.

The “White List”, representing quality flags with a consistently low detention record, has increased by 2 flags compared to 2011, with a total of 45 flags. New to the “White List” this year is the United States and Thailand, which were both still on the “Grey List” last year.

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

On the “Grey List”, representing the next best performing flags, are 19 flags, down one from last year. 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.

The Paris MoU also agreed on the performance listing of Recognized Organizations (ROs), which have been delegated with statutory responsibilities by flag States. This list uses the same method of calculation as the flag State 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 July 1, 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 on the Paris MoU website.

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