MoU Ranking 2020

The Marshal Island register is doing good on this years Paris MoU ranking (at #6):


Lots of the hated FOC flags are in the white list, while the US manage to squeez in as #40, behind China (#33), Panama (#36), Russia (#37) and Lithuania (#39), but ahead of Rep. of Korea, which is last at #41:

I know, now I’ll be “black listed” for posting anti-American facts.
OK, I can take it.

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Interesting. A list of flags that get extorted & harassed the most by corrupt officials from shithole countries. I can see why Korea & the US are the main targets & why practically no one wants to detain Norwegians. I bet most PSC don’t even make it to the bridge before they get annoyed enough to turn around & send the Norwegians on their way.

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Yes facts are annoying, aren’t they??
Much better to believe in fairy tails and lie than realities.
Sometimes realities comes back and bit you in the proverbial ***.
Just ask Trump when you attend his next maskless rally.

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I keep my own rankings. I find that FoCs have more to do with the company that operates, than the flag itself. All the Bahamian vessels I’ve worked on were best kind, Norwegian operated and DNV did the flag state inspections. Saint Vincents, likewise: except older tonnage. Panama: same thing. Liberia, same except the operators are American. Canadian: kinda mixed, not overly impressed actually, sometimes downright worried. American: it also worries me.

New Zealand is not even on it. A country that as an island nation had a proud tradition of seafaring in my lifetime. With the removal of cabotage not one of our ships in foreign trade is New Zealand registered and we are a trading nation.
To lighten things up on an otherwise depressing subject. A small old ex- Baltic trader registered with some flyby register was doing a port state inspection. The crew was Fijian and after looking at the size of a couple of representatives and the size and stated capacity of the lifeboat the surveyor requested the the crew embark in said boat.
With huge grins the Fijians hastened to oblige. The weather cooperated brilliantly with the harbour like a mirror. As more Fijians embarked the smiles got a little more fixed and the flashing eyes slowed. The last man boarded and there was a breathless moment then somewhere a bloody butterfly flapped it’s wings.

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