Dutch flag reclaims 2nd position on Paris MoU's white list

01 July 2024

On June 17 2024 the Paris MoU Committee published the most recent performance lists for flag States and Recognized Organizations. These lists take effect from the 1st of July 2024. The Dutch flag reclaimed the 2nd position on the global prestigious 'White List'. The 2023 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flag States and Recognized Organizations were approved at 57th meeting of The Paris MoU Committee.

Over the years the Dutch Flag has a consistent high ranking which is a testimony to the excellent safety and quality standards maintained by Dutch shipowners and seafarers.

A shipowner who is flying the flag of the Netherlands enjoys the best reputation in meeting highest environmental, social and safety standards. This assures a warm welcome in ports around the world and uninterrupted operational performance.

White, Grey and Black (WGB) lists

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 that period.

The “White List” represents quality flags with a consistently low detention percentage. Flags with average performance are shown on the “Grey List”. Their inclusion in 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” the following year.

Regarding the “White, Grey and Black List” for 2023, a total number of 71 flags are listed: 42 on the “White List”, 17 on the “Grey List” and 12 on the “Black List”. In 2022, the total number of flag States on the list was 66, of which 39 on the “White List”, 18 on the “Grey List” and 9 on the “Black List”. The reason for this is that during 2023 more flag States had at least the minimum number of 30 inspections, which means they are automatically included in the performance lists.

For several years the Committee has closely monitored the performance of Recognized Organizations (ROs), acting on behalf of flag States. To calculate the performance of ROs, the same formula to calculate the excess factor of flag States is used. A minimum number of 60 inspections per RO is needed before the performance is taken into account for the list. For 2023, 32 ROs have been included in the performance list. From the 1 st of July 2024 the new performance lists will be used for calculating the Ship Risk Profile

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