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ICS' latest flag state performance table shows very few demerits

THE International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), with the support of the Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), has completed its annual update of the Flag State Performance Table, showing that among the 12 largest flag states none had more than one potential negative indicator and nine had no negative indicators

ICS' latest flag state performance table shows very few demerits

THE International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), with the support of the Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), has completed its annual update of the Flag State Performance Table, showing that among the 12 largest flag states none had more than one potential negative indicator and nine had no negative indicators

26 March 2019 - 19:00

THE International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), with the support of the Asian Shipowners' Association (ASA) and the European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA), has completed its annual update of the Flag State Performance Table, showing that among the 12 largest flag states none had more than one potential negative indicator and nine had no negative indicators.

'The purpose of the ICS table is to encourage ship operators to examine whether a flag state has substance before using it and to put pressure on their current flag administrations if improvements might be needed, for example with regard to port state control records of ships under their flag, failure to ratify key IMO Conventions or regular attendance at IMO meetings,' said ICS secretary general Guy Platten, reported London's Tanker Operator.



'In a global industry such as shipping there is nothing unusual about an international ship registry system.



'But a balance has to be struck between the commercial advantages of selecting a particular flag and the need to discourage the use of flag states that may not fully adhere to their international obligations, especially with regard to safety and environmental performance,' Mr Platten said.


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