First Turkish Flag “Whitelisted” By Tokyo MoU

Turkish flagged vessel

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Turkish flag has been included for the first time in the “White List” of Tokyo MoU, one of the leading Port State Control Memorandum in the world.

Announcing this important event on his social media account, Ünal Baylan, Director General for Maritime Affairs at Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey, revealed in a statement on Wednesday that Turkish Flag was on the Black List in 2010 and on the Grey List in 2011, citing information from the annual published reports.

Mr. Ünal Baylan considers that the deficiencies since then were eliminated with lower detention rates in Turkish ships. As he explained in the period between 2020 to 2022 there was no detention in the 71 ships that were inspected within the scope of Tokyo MoU.

“Turkish Flag is on the Tokyo MoU White List, the second most prestigious port state control memorandum in the world, consisting of 21 full member countries. According to the published annual reports, our country was on the Black List in 2010 and on the Grey List in 2011. Through this process, the deficiencies detected in our ships were eliminated which resulted in lower detention rates of our ships. Between 2020-2022, 71 of our ships were inspected within the scope of Tokyo MoU and none of them were detained,” the Director General said.

As he mentions the performance of the ships has been improved since then and the freight revenues will be higher due to the popularity of the ships in this region.

“Thanks to such a successful performance of our ships, for the first time our country was included in the Tokyo MoU White List, like Paris MoU, the world’s most prestigious port state control memorandum, where Turkey has been “whitelisted” for many years. With the increase in our flag performance, which is one of the important issues in maritime, our ship operators will avoid losing time and money, and the freight revenues will be higher thanks to the popularity of our ships in this region,” Mr. Ünal Baylan commented.

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