JUNE 8, 2016 — The Paris MoU has adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from July 1, 2016, affecting the way in which port state control authorities calculate ship risk profile and whether ships are subject to banning measures in place since 2011.
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 three-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period.
A total number of 73 flags are listed: 43 on the "White List", 19 on the "Grey List" and 11 on the "Black list". Sweden has been placed highest on the list in terms of performance this year. The next in line of the best performing flags in 2015 are the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and Norway. The United States comes in at No. 26.
Saint Kitts and Nevis has fallen from the "Grey List" to the "Black List".
The poorest performing flags are the United Republic of Tanzania, Republic of Moldova, Togo, Comoros and Cook Islands.
For several years the Paris MOU Committee has closely monitored the performance of classification societies acting as ROs for flags. To calculate the performance of the Recognized Organizations, the same formula to calculate the excess factor of the flags is used.
A minimum number of 60 inspections per RO is needed before the performance is taken into account for the list. In 2015 43 ROs are recorded on the performance list.
Among the best performing Recognized Organizations were: DNV GL AS (DNVGL), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Lloyd's Register (LR), and Korean Register of Shipping (KRS).
The lowest performing Recognized Organizations were International Register of Shipping (IS),Universal Shipping Bureau Inc (USB), and Bulgarian Register of Shipping (BRS).