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France stays top of Paris MOU white list of port state control inspections

Date: 14/07/2014

Germany and Greece fall in the rankings and Tanzania is named a high risk

FRANCE has retained its position at the top of the white list of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding of port state control, while the biggest losers among the top 10 are Germany and Greece compared with the previously published list.

Greece has dropped 11 places to 16th, while Germany has dropped from second to ninth.

The Paris MOU releases inspection and detention figures annually. They are a rolling three-year collation of the results of national port state inspections among the 27 states that are members of the Paris MOU.

If there are less than 30 vessel inspections of a particular flag in Paris MOU member ports, then that flag will not appear on the list.

These collated inspection results form the white, grey and black lists, which act as a guide to port state control when a ship enters port.

Vessels on the grey and black lists are considered to be a higher risk, and are more likely to be boarded and inspected.

The updated lists will be effective from July 1.

On the Paris MOU lists for 2013, a total of 75 flags are listed, with 46 on the white list, 19 on the grey list, and 10 on the black list.

In 2012 there were 14 flags on the black list, 19 on the grey list and 74 flags on the white list.

The latest figures, from inspections between 2011 to 2013, show France on the top spot and Norway climbing from seventh to second place.

The other Scandinavian countries, Sweden and Denmark, come in third and fourth on the white list.

The Tanzanian flag is the only flag named as high risk on the updated Paris MOU list, languishing at the bottom of the list.

Similarly, the Paris MOU publishes a list of recognised organisations that represent flag authorities for some statutory duties.

In many cases these are the classification societies and it comes as no surprise that the members of the International Association of Classification Societies make up the top of the list.

In the 2013 list Lloyd’s Register has climbed from third to first place, leaping over Det Norske Veritas and ABS, the class society at the top of the previous list.

The Paris MOU list for ROs is calculated using the same methodology as the flag-state list, but lists only those detentions which the Paris MOU believes to be directly related to statutory surveys by the RO.

ROs can represent a number of flag authorities, and a minimum of 60 inspections per RO is needed for that RO’s performance to be reflected on the list.

There are 36 ROs in the Paris MOU list.

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