MALTA FLAG – Paris MoU White List & Low Risk
Port State Control (PSC) is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international regulations and that the ship is manned and operated in compliance with these rules.
Many of the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) most important technical conventions contain provisions for ships to be inspected when they visit foreign ports to ensure that they meet IMO requirements.
There are nine regional agreements on port State control – Memoranda of Understanding or MoUs – have been signed: Europe and the north Atlantic (Paris MoU); Asia and the Pacific (Tokyo MoU); Latin America (Acuerdo de Viña del Mar); Caribbean (Caribbean MoU); West and Central Africa (Abuja MoU); the Black Sea region (Black Sea MoU); the Mediterranean (Mediterranean MoU); the Indian Ocean (Indian Ocean MoU); and the Riyadh MoU. The United States Coast Guard maintain the tenth PSC regime.
Each year the Paris MoU (which Malta Flag comes under) publish their “White, Grey and Black (WGB) list” – this 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 over a 3-year rolling period for flags.
In the most recent publication (July 2020 – June 2021) the Malta Flag is now in 14th place (up from 17th last year) – firmly placed in the White List and also a Low Risk flag (having undergone the IMO VIMSAS audit).
The Malta Registry’s performance is further strengthened by the fact that this is the sixteenth consecutive year that Malta has been ranked on the White List.
A detailed view of the Key Performance Indicators for the Malta Flag during 2020 can be found below.