Paris MoU releases Annual Report on Port State Control for 2019 and White, Grey, Black Lists

Paris MOU Annual report 2019

( The Paris MOU on Port State Control, has issued the 2019 Annual Report which also contains their White-grey-Black lists (for infographic check out the bottom of this article).

With ISM being the main detainable deficiency area in 2019, the Paris MoU report revealed a decrease in detention percentage to 2.94% (from 3.17% the previous year). The number of detainable deficiencies has also decreased to 2,995 from 3,250 back in 2018.


Out of 526 detentions recorded in 2019, 80 (15%) were considered RO related (17% in 2018).

The detention percentage in 2019 (2.94%) shows a slight further decrease compared to 2018 (3.17%). In 2017 the percentage was 3.88. The level of detainable deficiencies has decreased as well from 3,250 in 2018 to 2,995 this year.


Members with the largest number of inspections, namely Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Canada, the Russian Federation and Germany, jointly accounted for 51% of the total number of inspections this year.

With 1,029 inspections and 124 detentions, the ships flying a “Black-listed flag” had a detention rate of 12%, which is a little less than the 13.2% in 2018. For ships flying a “Grey-listed flag” the detention rate was 7%, which is higher than the 6.4% in 2018. Ships flying a “White-listed flag” had a detention rate of 2.2% which is slightly less than in 2018 (2.3%) and 2017 (2.5%).


The five most frequently recorded deficiencies in 2019 were “ISM” (4.47%, 1,781), “fire doors/openings in fireresisting divisions” (2.60%, 1037), “oil record book” (1.61%, 642), “nautical publications” (1.56%, 622) and “cleanliness of engine room” (1.37%, 544).

The total number of the top five of deficiencies has decreased from 12.7% in 2018 to 11.6% in 2019.

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Paris MOU has issued the Performance lists for Flag states and Recognized Organizations (ROs) back in July 2019.

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 over a 3-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period.

The Cyprus Flag proudly stands in the White List and also on the list of Flags meeting the criteria for Low-Risk Ships. To meet the criteria for Low-Risk Ships, Flags should be on the Paris MoU White list and have submitted evidence of having undergone an IMO (V)IMSAS Audit.

The “White List” represents quality flags with a consistently low detention record.

Flags with an average performance are shown on the “Grey List”. Their appearance on 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” next year.

Details of the responsibility of Recognized Organizations for detainable deficiencies have been published since 1999. When one or more detainable deficiencies are attributed to a Recognized Organization in accordance with the Paris MoU criteria, it is recorded “RO responsible” and the RO is informed. Out of 526 detentions recorded in 2019, 80 (15%) were considered RO related (17% in 2018).

For more details, click on below image to download the full report:

Paris MOU 2019 Annual Report










Source: Paris MoU


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