Flag state performance table 2011

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its latest annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table. The report covers a variety of areas including ratification of treaties, age of fleet, flags featuring on port state control black and white lists and attendance at IMO. Flag states with clean sheets in the ranking include UK, Marshall Islands, Liberia, Norway, Russian Federation, Isle of Man, France and Denmark.

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe explained: "ICS makes no apology for continuing to subject flag states to scrutiny, in the same way that ships and company procedures are rightly subjected to inspection by governments. Our overriding interest in promoting high performing flags is that they are less likely to tolerate sub-standard operators who would otherwise enjoy an unfair commercial advantage over the vast majority of fully compliant shipping companies."