Positive Performance of Small Flag States shows ICS Table

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) published the latest update of its Flag State Performance Table.

In the report, ICS indicates continuing positive performance by the vast majority of Flag States which are responsible for the safety and environmental performance of the world’s merchant ships.

As in previous years, a number of Flag States have shown positive indicators for all of the criteria used in the table.

These include Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Liberia, Malta, Marshall Islands, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

In the 2023/2024 Table, a number of Flag States (including Togo, Algeria, and Comoros) continue to record large amounts of negative performance indicators, highlighting the need to encourage shipowners and operators to examine whether a Flag State has sufficient substance before using it.

Positively, a number of smaller flag States, including Costa Rica, Egypt, Mexico, and Thailand, show an increase in the number of positive performance indicators compared to the previous Flag State Performance Table.

Guy Platten, ICS secretary general, said: “The information in this year’s highly anticipated ICS Flag State Performance Table continues to be positive, with notable improvements in several areas including governments’ attendance at IMO meetings.

It is a positive development that this year’s ICS Flag State Performance Table shows that smaller Flag States have shown improvements in performance.

The table also shows that, unfortunately, a number of Flag States continue to record large amounts of negative performance indicators which Flag States must address, for the benefit of the entire shipping industry.”

As ICS mentioned, overall improvements were seen this year in flag State’s attendance at IMO meetings, as well as in the use of well-performing Recognized Organizations authorised by flag State administrations, as shown by Port State Control inspection data, to carry out the survey and certification of ships to ensure compliance with IMO and International Labour Organization (ILO) regulations governing safety, environmental performance, and labour standards.

The Flag State Performance Table 2023/2024 can be found here.