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Thursday, June 17, 2021 

The Paris MoU Committee’s recent 54th meeting approved the 2020 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flag States and Recognized Organizations (ROs), which will take effect from the 1 July 2021.

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 during a 3-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period.

The White List represents quality flags with a consistently low detention record. Flags with an average performance are shown on the Grey List. Their appearance on this list may serve as an incentive to improve and move to the White List. At the same time 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.

Regarding the WGB List for 2020, a total number of 70 flags are listed: 39 on the White List, 22 on the Grey List and nine on the Black List. In 2019 the total number of flag States on the list was also 70 of which 41 on the White List, 16 on the Grey List and 13 on the Black List.

For several years the Committee has closely monitored the performance of ROs acting on behalf of flag States. To calculate the performance of ROs, 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 2020 32 ROs were recorded on the performance list. Compared to last year’s performance level, the RO performance level has slightly improved. It is noteworthy that, unlike in the past three years, no more ROs are categorised as very low performing.

Details of the responsibility of ROs for detainable deficiencies have been published since 1999. When one or more detainable deficiencies are attributed to an RO in accordance with the Paris MoU criteria, it is recorded “RO responsible” and the RO is informed. Out of 2,369 detentions recorded in 2020, 37 (10%) were considered RO related (15% in 2019), both in terms of numbers and in relative terms, a significant decrease.

From 1 July 2021 the new performance lists will be used for calculating the Ship Risk Profile.

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