The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry has achieved Paris
Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") 'White List'
status for an 11th consecutive year. The Paris MOU on Port State
Control sets a benchmark to flag states for safety of life at sea,
prevention of pollution by ships and living conditions of
seafarers. Its scope was influenced by the massive oil spill caused
by the grounding of the VLCC 'Amoco Cadiz' off the coast of
Brittany, France in 1978.
The Paris MOU currently has 27 participating states. Standards for vessel maintenance set by flag states are rated through vessel inspections at Paris MOU ports and more than 18,000 inspections occur each year. 'White List' designation reflects the highest quality of standards maintained by a flag state with inclusion being calculated by reference to a specific formula based on vessel inspections and detentions as well as other factors.
Not only has the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry ("CISR") yet again made the White List for another year but it is rated within the top quartile of all flag states for its vessel quality. This comes as little surprise as the CISR maintains in-house surveyors that work closely with owners to assist maintaining top standards of vessel quality. Vessels flagged with Paris MOU White List states are less likely to be targeted for port state control inspections and, most importantly, ensure quality where it comes to safety of life at sea, prevention of pollution by ships and living conditions of seafarers. The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry is also recognised in the White List of the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding as well as the US Coastguard's Qualship 21 initiative recognising commitment to safety and quality.
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