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INTERCARGO Members Perform Well on Deficiencies

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

June 13, 2023



Despite a steady increase in port state control detention rates following the pandemic in all regions, INTERCARGO-entered vessels consistently outdid industry performance indicators in both deficiencies and detentions, as shown by the latest edition of its annual Benchmarking Report.

Deficiencies per inspection (DPI) rates remain unchanged and in line with previous years’ Benchmarking Reports, the 11 leading Class Societies (IACS Members), which class over 95% of the bulk carrier market, performed significantly better than non-IACS classed vessels in terms of DPI, with an average of 1.69 versus 4.31.

AMSA tops the list of the nine regional PSC authorities and two national PSC regimes with a detention rate of 8.52% for vessels calling at Australian ports versus the average across all authorities of 2.34%, while it also has the worst DPI rate at 3.98 vs the average across all authorities of 1.55.

As expected, the leading flags outperformed the global fleet with a DPI of 1.63 in 2022, a slight increase compared to last year.

In 2022 the global bulk carrier fleet was registered with 92 flags, an increase of four compared to 2021 and out of these, 15 have fleets of 100 bulk carriers or more, accounting for just over 89% of the global bulker fleet. Panama, Marshall Islands and Liberia continue to be the three dominant flags, however, Bangladesh also joined the leading line-up for 2022 with 104 registered vessels.

Paul Markides, Marine Quality Manager at INTERCARGO, says: “Our members are making great efforts to help us to achieve our ambitious aims and objectives and we commend them for this. Detention rates and DPI rates are once again both lower for INTERCARGO members, and it is pleasing to see that whilst there has been an overall increase in detention rates in the industry as a whole, the ratio of members’ vessels being detained as part of the total dry bulk fleet fell in 2022.”

The dry bulk sector is the largest shipping sector in terms of number of ships and deadweight. Dry bulk carriers account for 43% of the world fleet (in tonnage) and carry an estimated 55% of the global transport work. INTERCARGO promotes quality dry bulk shipping, bringing together 250 companies from 30 countries.

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