18 flags are on the black list, 24 on the grey list, and 42 on the white list
At its 44th meeting, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2010 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flag States and recognised organisations. The new lists will take effect from 1 July 2011.
The black, grey and white (BGW) lists present 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.
The BGW lists for 2010 comprise a total number of 84 flags. 18 are on the black list, 24 on the grey list, and 42 on the white list. In 2009 the number of flags listed totalled 82 flags, with 24 on black, 19 on grey and 39 on white. Most flags that were categorised as very high risk in previous years remain so in 2010. The poorest performing flags are DPR Korea, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Togo, Sierra Leone and Montenegro. New on the black list are the flags of Tanzania United Republic and Azerbaijan (both medium risk).
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, says the Paris MoU, 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 years grey list a total number of 24 flags is recorded. Last year the grey list recorded 19 flags. New on the grey list are Egypt, Viet Nam, Dominica, Slovakia, Jamaica, Honduras, Belize and Mongolia, last year still 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 bythree flags to a total number of 42 flags. Bermuda (United Kingdom) has been placed highest on the list in terms of performance. Next in line are Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
A flags ranking is taken into account when targeting ships for inspection, and ships flying flags listed on the black list are liable for banning from the region after multiple detentions.
The Paris MoU also agreed on the performance listing of recognised organisations (ROs). These organisations have been delegated with statutory responsibilities by flag states. This table 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 RO.
Among the best performing ROs were:
- Registro Italiano Navale RINA
- American Bureau of Shipping ABS
- Det Norske Veritas DNV
The lowest performing ROs were:
- Phoenix Register of Shipping PHRS (Greece)
- Register of Shipping RSA (Albania)
- International Register of Shipping IS (USA)
- Bulgarski Koraben Registar BKR.
On 1 July 2011 the performance lists will be used for calculating the ship risk profile and flags on the grey and black lists are subject to the more stringent banning measures in force since 1 January.
You can view the “Gray and White (BGW) List” by clicking here.
Source: Paris MOU