The 2016/17 report by port state control organisation Tokyo MOU showed that the Cook Islands reported a decrease in the number of inspections with deficiencies – from 27 in 2016 to 20 in 2017.
There has also been a significant decrease in the number of deficiencies, from 181 in 2016 to 116 in 2017.
The report also showed a significant decrease in the flag’s three-year excess factor, which dropped from 0.87 in 2016 to 0.60 in 2017.
According to Maritime Executive (MarEx), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) released another flag state performance table earlier this year which also demonstrated positive progress for the flag.
“The table presents performance of individual flag states, analysing each flag administration’s performance based on several criteria, including port state control records, ratification of international maritime conventions, use of recognised organisations complying with A.739, attendance at IMO meetings, and newly added criteria on participation in the ‘IMO Member State Audit Scheme’,” MarEx said in a report.
In terms of reporting requirements, MarEx said the Cook Islands showed full compliance with International Labour Organisation-reporting obligations and the relevant provisions of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
“The flag is included in the latest STCW ‘white list’ as approved by the IMO Maritime Safety Committee,” said MarEx.
Cook Islands also maintains a low average age of fleet and has established the use of recognised organisations authorised to conduct survey work on their behalf that comply with the International Maritime Organisation’s resolution A.739.
MCI chief executive officer Glenn Armstrong said the ship registry’s newly enhanced technical department, through a more rigorous flag-state inspection regime, is looking to bring down the number of inspections with deficiencies even further.
He added that the progress made by MCI for the past year is encouraging and the ship registry is hopeful of getting onto the Tokyo MOU White List.