The White, Grey and Black (WGB) List presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poorer performance based on inspection outcomes. 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.
Cyprus, a Flag of quality
Cyprus Flag remains on the White List after maintaining stringent onboard safety standards for all Cyprus-registered ships. This enhanced track record is the result of a comprehensive National Shipping Strategy which the Shipping Deputy Ministry has been implementing since its inception in order to cement its position as one of the world's top flag administrations and as a leading shipping cluster. Whilst from a practical point of view, this may lead to fewer inspections for Cyprus vessels at any port, it adds to the flag's status as a high-quality flag which is consistently part of the White lists of the Paris and Tokyo MoU's.
Flag Administration designation
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.
Regarding the White, Grey and Black list for 2019, a total number of 70 flags are listed: 41 on the White List, 16 on the Grey List and 13 on the Black list. In 2018 the total number of flag States on the list was 73 of which 41 on the White List, 18 on the Grey List and 14 on the Black List.
For several years the Committee has closely monitored the performance of ROs acting on behalf of flags. To calculate the performance of the Recognized Organizations, the same formula to determine the performance of flags is used. A minimum number of 60 inspections per RO is needed before the performance is taken into account for the list. In 2019 33 ROs were recorded on the performance list.
Compared with last year's performance level, the level of RO performance is similar, with 3 ROs in the very low performing parts.
When one or more detainable deficiencies are attributed to a Recognized Organization in accordance with the Paris MoU criteria, it is recorded as 'RO responsible' and the RO is informed. Out of 526 detentions recorded in 2019, 80 (15%) were considered RO related (17% in 2018).
From the 1st of July 2020 the new performance lists will be used for calculating the Ship Risk Profile.