Compared to 2018, the number of detentions decreased again from 569 to 526 detentions; a decrease of about 8% on top of a decrease of 18% last year. Where the average detention rate in 2017 was 3.88%, in 2018 it dropped to 3.17%; this year it is 2.94%. Out of 526 detentions recorded in 2019, 80 (15%) were considered RO-related (17% in 2018).

In the past three years, 76 ships have been banned for multiple detentions, six ships were banned for “failing to call at an indicated repair yard” and one ship for jumping detention.

In the same period, 13 ships were banned for a second time. In the period 2017 to 2019 the flags of Comoros, the Republic of Moldova, the United Republic of Tanzania and Togo have recorded the highest number of bannings.

Members with the largest number of inspections, namely Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Canada, the Russian Federation and Germany, jointly accounted for 51% of the total number of inspections in 2019.

The detention percentage in 2019 (2.94%) shows a slight further decrease compared to 2018 (3.17%). In 2017, the percentage was 3.88%. The number of detainable deficiencies has decreased as well from 3,250 in 2018 to 2,995 in 2019.

In addition, the five most frequently recorded deficiencies in 2019 were “ISM” (4.47%, 1,781), “fire doors/openings in fire-resisting divisions” (2.60%, 1037), “oil record book” (1.61%, 642), “nautical publications” (1.56%, 622) and “cleanliness of engine room” (1.37%, 544).

Relatively, the total number of the top five of deficiencies has decreased from 12.7% in 2018 to 11.6% in 2019.

Looking at the Paris MoU “White, Grey and Black List” the overall situation seems to be stabilising. Although some flag States have moved between lists, the total amount of 41 flags on the “White list” is similar to that in 2018 (41). The Grey list contains 16 flags (18 in 2018); the Black list 13 flags (14 in 2018).

With 1,029 inspections and 124 detentions the ships flying a “Black-listed flag” had a detention rate of 12%. For ships flying a “Grey-listed flag” the detention rate was 7%. Ships flying a “White-listed flag” had a detention rate of 2.2%.


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