Tanzanian registry singled out

London: The Tanzanian shipping registry has come in for particular flak from the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) which has published its annual Shipping Industry Flag State Performance Table.

ICS noted in a release that there are a number of smaller flag states that still have considerable work to do, and ICS continues to suggest that shipowners may wish think very carefully about using such flags.  The largest of these is Tanzania, but Mongolia, Moldova, Cambodia and Sierra Leone are also conspicuous examples of sub-standard ship registers according to the ICS table.
“One area on which we would like to see more progress by certain flag states, including some of those with otherwise better performance, is with respect to ratification of the ILO Maritime Labour Convention” said Andy Hinchliffe, ICS’s secretary-general. “But following the entry into force of the MLC it is now being enforced worldwide through Port State Control and the vast the majority of international shipping companies are operating in compliance, with the exception of the official flag state certification.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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