MARITIME Cook Islands has highlighted a decrease in the number of inspections with deficiencies as evidence of a better performance by ships flying the Cook Islands flag.
The figures were published in the new report on Port State Control in the Asia Pacific by Tokyo MOU.
The Tokyo MOU is, according to its website, “one of the most active regional port State control (PSC) organisations in the world” and consists of 20 member authorities in the Asia-Pacific region.
In the report, Cook Islands reported a decrease in the number of inspections with deficiencies; from 27 in 2016 to 20 in 2017.
The number of deficiencies also fell from 181 in 2016 to 116 in 2017.
The report showed a decrease in the flag’s three-year excess factor from 0.87 in 2016 to 0.60 in 2017.
MCI also noted another Flag State Performance Table by The International Chamber of Shipping earlier this year showed positive progress by the flag.
MCI chief executive Glenn Armstrong said the ship registry’s newly-enhanced technical department, via a rigorous flag state inspection regime, looked to further bring down the number of inspections with deficiencies.
He added the progress made by MCI for the past year was encouraging and the ship registry was hopeful about getting on the Tokyo MOU White List.
In a media release, Maritime Cook Islands said it was “building a world class open register for ships and yachts from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands” and its goal is “to become the flag of choice for quality classed tonnage and super yachts”.