On 1 July 2020, the Paris MoU Committee issued their new performance list for flag states. The Dutch flag gained two positions on the newly issued White list and now holds the top position of all EU flags. The position on the list determines the ship’s risk profile and show its performance in meeting safety standards, pollution prevention and seafarer’s working conditions.
For ship owners flying the Dutch flag it is good news that the ship register ranks in the top 5 of the White list, which represents quality flags with a consistent low detention record. Of all EU flags the Netherlands holds the top position. This underlines the high-quality and reliability of the Dutch register.
A ship owner 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.
According to Martijn Nieuwenhuijs, Chief Executive of Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore in the Netherlands: “Ship owners take pride in their role and realize that investing in quality pays off in the long run. A favorable ranking means less Port State inspections disturbing the trading pattern“.
Regarding the White, Grey and Black list for 2019, a total number of 70 flags are listed: 41 on the White list, 16 on the Grey list and 13 on the Black list.
Annually more than 17.000 inspections take place on board foreign ships in the Paris MoU ports. The basic principle of Paris MoU is that the prime responsibility for compliance with the requirements laid down in the international maritime conventions lies with the shipowner/operator. Responsibility for ensuring such compliance remains with the flag state.