In 2018 there were 24 Refusal of Access Orders (ban) issued. This shows a decrease from 32 in 2017. Refusal of access (banning) has been used 77 times since 2016. The detention percentage has decreased to 3.15% (from 3.87%). Consequently, the number of detainable deficiencies has decreased as well to 3,171 (from 3,883 in 2017). The number of inspections carried out was 17,952; this is slightly higher than in 2017 (17,923).
Over the past three years 73 ships have been banned for multiple detentions and four ships were banned “failing to call at an indicated repair yard”. Ten ships of these ships were banned for a second time. Over a three year period the flags of Comoros, the United Republic of Tanzania and Togo have recorded the highest number of bannings. Looking at the Paris MoU “White, Grey and Black List” the overall situation regarding the quality of shipping seems to be stabilising. Although some flag States have moved between lists, the total amount of 41 flags on the “White List” is almost similar to that in 2017 (40).
The “Grey List” contains 18 flags (20 in 2017); the “Black List” 14 flags (13 in 2017). Recognized Organizations (ROs) are authorised by flag States to carry out statutory surveys on their behalf. For this reason, it is important to monitor their performance, which is why a performance list for ROs is presented in the Annual Report as well. Out of 566 detentions recorded in 2018, 97 (17%) were considered RO related (14.3% in 2017).
The number of inspections is stabilising. The detention percentage in 2018 (3.15%) however shows a significant decrease compared to 2016 (3.85%) and 2017 (3.87%). The level of detainable deficiencies has decreased as well from 3,883 in 2017 to 3,171 this year. Members with the largest number of inspections, namely Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, the Russian Federation, the Netherlands, Germany and France, jointly accounted for 52% of the total number of inspections this year.
With 1,098 inspections and 145 detentions the ships flying a “Black-listed flag” had a detention rate of 13.2%, which is substantially less than the 16.9% in 2017. For ships flying a “Grey-listed flag” the detention rate was 6.4%, which is lower than the 7.4% in 2017. Ships flying a “White-listed flag” had a detention rate of 2.3% which is slightly less than in 2017 (2.5%) and 2016 (2.6%). The five most frequently recorded deficiencies in 2018 were “ISM” (4.73%, 1,911), “fire doors/openings in fireresisting divisions” (2.62%, 1,057), “nautical publications” (2.01%, 811), “charts” (1.72%, 693) and “oil record book” (1.64%, 661). The first four are consistent with 2016. Relatively the total number of the top five has slightly increased from 12.6% in 2017 to 12.7% this year.