Flag State Performance Table

BASED ON the MOST UP TO DATE DATA AVAILABLE AS OF the start of December 2014

GREEN squares suggest positive performance indicators, with potentially negative performance highlighted by RED squares (although individual indicators should be considered within the context of the Table as a whole).

For additional information about the criteria used see footnotes overleaf.

Port state control

A simple means of assessing the effective enforcement of international rules is to examine the collective Port State Control record of ships flying a particular flag.

The three principal Port State Control (PSC) authorities are the countries of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the Tokyo MOU and the United States Coast Guard (USCG). All three authorities target particular flags

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Ship naming




Martime Connector

Ship naming ceremony is held at the shipyard when a new ship is ready to sail out after undergoing the required sea trials. Once the construction of a ship is completed, the ship owner is notified of the completion and a particular date is fixed for its naming ceremony. On the day of ceremony, the owner arrives at the shipyard with family members, friends, and business partners with a pre-decided name. Ship naming and launching procedures are arranged to provide a ship hull with her identity.

Ship naming ceremony at Korean Shipyard

History of Ship Naming and Launching

Traditionally, the ship naming and launching ceremony had a meaning where it had brought good fortune and safety to the new ship, its crew, and passengers. The

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Flota mundial de contenedores 2013

Ship Sizes




Cargo ships or vessels come in different types and sizes to meet the various demands of marine cargo transportation. Cargo ships  are categorised partly by capacity and partly by dimensions (often related to the different canals and canal locks they are traveling through). Sizes of cargo vessels range from a modest handysize carriers(10,000 - 30,000 DWT) to mammoth VLCC and ULCC super tankers with a capacity to carry cargoes of more than 200,000 DWT. Aframax and Panamax are mid-sized cargo vessels.


AFRA stands for Average Freight Rate Assessment. As the name suggests, Aframax are medium-sized oil tankers with a dead weight tonnage (DWT) between 80,000 and 119,999. Though relatively small in size in comparison to VLCC and ULCC, Aframaxtankers

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Marshall Islands Registry Hits 100 Million Gross Ton






By MarEx 2014-01-23 18:05:00

In 1990, when International Registries and its affiliates (IRI) began providing administrative and technical support to the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime and Corporate Registries only 39 vessels and a little over two million gross tons existed in the Registry. Ten years later the RMI Registry was ranked, by what was then, Lloyd’s Register’s World Fleet Stats, as the fourteenth largest in the world with just over 300 vessels and nearly 9.8 million gross tons. 

By January of 2010, the RMI Registry moved into the position of the world’s third largest registry with more than 52.3 million gross tons and over 2,100 vessels as reported by The World Fleet Monitor, published by Clarkson Research

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