The Paris MoU Committee approved at its 57th meeting the 2023 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flag States and Recognized Organizations.

These lists will be used from 1 July 2024.

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 during a 3-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in that period.

The performance lists take effect as from 1 July 2024.

Read More: 2022 Paris MoU Annual Report

Regarding the “White, Grey and Black List” for 2023, a total number of 71 flags are listed:

  • 42 on the “White List”
  • 17 on the “Grey List”
  • 12 on the “Black List”.

In 2022, the total number of flag States on the list was 66, with 39 on the “White List,” 18 on the “Grey List,” and 9 on the “Black List.” The reason for this change is that during 2023 more flag States had at least the minimum number of 30 inspections, which means they are automatically included in the performance lists.

Top performers

  • Denmark: 1,250 Inspections / 12 Detentions
  • Netherlands: 2648 Inspections / 35 Detentions
  • Norway: 1758 Inspections / 25 Detentions

Recognized Organization Performance List
For several years, the Committee has closely monitored the performance of Recognized Organizations (ROs), acting on behalf of flag States. To calculate the performance of ROs, the same formula used to calculate the excess factor of flag States is applied. A minimum of 60 inspections per RO is needed before the performance is taken into account for the list. For 2023, 32 ROs have been included in the performance list.


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