Luxembourg moves up 8 spots in latest Paris MoU Flag Performance Rankings

17 June 2019

Rankings reaffirm Luxembourg as one of the world’s leading quality ship registries

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) released its latest performance list for flags and recognised organisations (ROs).

The annual performance rankings are based on flag inspection and detention history over the preceding three calendar years. The newly published list takes into account the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Paris MoU inspections results. A total number of 73 flags are listed: 41 on the “White List”, 18 on the “Grey List” and 14 on the “Black List”.

Luxembourg yet again appears on the white list, a reflection of its consistently low detention record. The Luxembourg fleet boasts one of the lowest detention rates and deficiency ratios among EU Member States.

The Paris MoU uses a risk-based inspection methodology to identify ships due for inspection. Ship-specific risk profiles determine inspection priority, intervals and scope. Several parameters, including the ship’s flag, are assessed daily to designate a vessel as high, standard or low risk. Low Risk Ships (LRS) are ships which meet the criteria of the Low Risk Parameters and have had at least 1 Paris MoU PSC inspection in the previous 36 months. A white-listed flag is a Low Risk Parameter. Luxembourg ships are considered LRS for Paris MoU flag state parameters.

The latest performance lists will be used to calculate the Ship Risk Profile of vessels calling Paris MoU ports starting 1 July 2019.

More information can be found in the 2018 Annual Report, which will be published on the Paris MoU website in July 2019.

About the Paris MoU

The Paris MoU is an organization comprised of 27 maritime Administrations which covers the waters of the European coastal States and the North Atlantic basin from North America to Europe.

Current Paris MoU member States : Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom

Its mission is to eliminate the operation of sub-standard ships through a harmonized system of port State control. It performs more than 18.000 inspections a year on board foreign ships in  Paris MoU ports, ensuring that these ships meet international safety, security and environmental standards, and that crew members have adequate living and working conditions.