Cambodia is one of those still underperforming. Credit: Michael Mackey
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its annual flag state performance table, which outlines flag states’ performance at applying port state control records, ratifying international conventions, and attending the International Maritime Organization.
The report showed very little change in the performance of most flag states in 2017, with the regulatory performance remaining the same.
In the 2016/17 data, 62 countries were marked as having potentially negative performance on applying the Paris MoU White List in 2017/18, against 60 countries in 2016/17.
However, the figures are distorted by several countries, such as Cambodia, which was listed as underperforming in 2016/17, not bring included in the data for 2017/18.
In terms of applying the STCW95 White List, which concerns application of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), nine countries were recorded as underperforming in 2017/18, compared with eight a year earlier. Palau was included in the 2017/18 figures as having a negative performance, but was not listed at all in the previous version, explaining the change.
Regarding countries that have ratified conventions 3 to 6 of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, known as MARPOL, 37 countries had not ratified the convention in 2017/18, compared with 39 countries a year earlier.
Of the five largest ship registries – Panama, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Hong Kong, and Singapore –there was a clean bill of health, with only Panama having negative performance on the USCG target list (safety).
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