Egypt was ranked 19 on the black list of countries that commit shipping irregularities in European ports, according to a recent report issued by the Paris Convention on the Control of Ports of the IMO.
Egypt was ranked 19 on the black list of countries that commit shipping irregularities in European ports, according to a recent report issued by the Paris Convention on the Control of Ports of the Inernational Maritime Organization (IMO). The United Nations body said in the report that 18 ships flying the Egyptian flag had committed technical irregularities during the period studied between 2007 and 2009.
The list included 23 countries including Libya, Syria and Lebanon from the region.
19 countries led the offenders, Panama and Algeria being the most often port violators, but the white list ? the "safe" area ? included 39 countries, which was topped by Croatia, followed by Qatar, Japan and Turkey.
The report said that 15 ships carrying the Egyptian flag tried to avoid these irregularities and therefore will ?move to the gray list? if they follow suit on their efforts.
The report explained that countries located below the black list, including Egypt, can be moved to the gray list, which would mean that it is ?relatively dangerous and doesn"t commit irregularities.?
Adel Shaaban, Director of the French Classification Authority in Alexandria, said that Egypt"s presence on the black list puts Egyptian vessels under supervision and inspection ?as soon as they arrive in European ports, which is an extra burden on companies operating these ships,? pointing out that frequent inspection is a punishment for the state until avoiding violations.
He called for tighter control on vessels operated by Egyptian companies and by the oversight bodies and to follow international safety regulations ?before the exit of vessels from Egyptian ports in order not to put vessels with the flag of Egypt under penalty of international maritime law, so as not to tarnish Egypt"s reputation in the maritime field.?