Lithuanian flag has re-joined Paris MoU White List


2019 07 22


Paris MoU Committee have recently approved the 2018 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations (ROs). After five years on the Grey List Lithuania has entered the White List. The white lists represent quality flags with a consistently low detention record and this promotion of Lithuania proves increased quality of Lithuania’s maritime activities. The updated list has taken effect from July 2019.

“The White, Grey and Black list by provided by Paris MoU which has been signed back in 1982 is a great reflection of safety levels of states ships. It helps to understand how well, or how poor countries are dealing manages maritime activities and standards. List presents full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk. Ships from countries which are in Black list are inspected more often than those from countries in White list” – said Linas Kasparavičius, the director of Maritime department.

He also added that the list is based on a specific formula with the total number of inspections and detentions over a 3-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in that period.

Back in 2006 Lithuania has joined Paris MoU. From 2009 till 2013 Lithuania has been on the White List, from 2014 till 2019 has dropped to the Grey List and since July 1st, 2019 it is back on the White List. Regarding the White, Grey and Black list for 2018, a total number of 73 flags are listed: 41 on the White List, 18 on the Grey List and 14 on the Black List. Lithuanian ships will sail under the same list as Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, France and Norway.

“Back in 2009 Lithuania has entered the White List due to various international agreements which had been ratified during that time which helped to reach low detention record. Lithuania dropped to the Grey List mainly due to poor financial situation in one of ship companies which had several ships under its control. Their failure to proceed with financial responsibilities and commitments has been one of the main reasons which lead to Lithuania’s drop off to the Grey List” – reasons of 2014 situation explained Linas Kasparavičius. “Results of Lithuania’s ships inspections has been constantly improving and it led to our comeback to the White List. These are some great news for Lithuania.

Head of Lithuanian Shipowners Association Gintautas Kutka has also agreed that recent news are important for Lithuanian ships: “There is no doubt that being back on the White List is a great news. It confirms that our ship companies and their managed ships are in accordance with international standards. It also brings back prestige, means lower number of investigations and reduces pressure on the crew. Furthermore, it also might lead to increase of cooperation among ship companies and charterers who always have more trust in those companies which ships are on the White List”.

The White, Grey and Black List” is updated every year.