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Asia gains ground in latest Paris MOU report

The Hague: Asian flags and classification societies performed well in the 2007 inspection figures of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Port State Control, as detailed in the organisation's just-released annual report. China was third best performing flag state in the Paris MOU 'White List' of international shipping registers over the period 2005-7, behind France and Bermuda and ahead of Sweden, the UK, and Germany. Some 280 inspections of Chinese vessels were carried out over the three-year period and only one detained.

Other Asian flag states to have performed creditably and made the Top 20 included Singapore (eighth), the Philippines (11th) and Hong Kong (19th).

As far as classification societies were concerned, 16 were judged to have reached a 'High' performance level in their role as Recognised Organisations for flags, including Class NK (7th), China Classification Society (9th), Korean Register of Shipping (11th), Indian Register of Shipping (13th) and China Corporation Register of Shipping (14th).  [12/09/08]    

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