Port State Control Annual Report Published
Paris MoU “White, Grey and Black Lists” indicate further improvements towards quality shipping in its 2011 report
Brian Hogan, chairman of the Committee stated: “This year was one of the most significant and busy years for the Paris MoU in recent times. The start of the year saw the introduction of the New Inspection Regime, NIR, which has transformed and modernised the port state control regime in our region.
I wish to thank the port State control officers and administrators in each of our member Authorities as they are the people who ensure the success of our endeavours and they are central to the Paris MoU in achieving our goal of safer shipping.”
There are now 43 flags on the “White List”, 1 more compared with last year. Some flags have moved position with Germany leading the list, followed by Sweden and Denmark.
DPR Korea has disappeared as leader of the “Black List” since not enough inspections have taken place over the last 3 years. Libya is now on the top of the “Black List”, followed by Bolivia and Togo.
Richard Schiferli, Secretary General stated: “It should be understood that substandard ships will no longer be tolerated in the region and with the new refusal of access measures in place, repeated offenders will be “banned” from our ports. This has happened to a substantial number of ships already, some of which have been recycled in the mean time. Others chose to find new areas to operate, endangering the lives of the seafarers on board and constituting a risk for the environment.”