The performance of DNV-classed vessels in the Paris memorandum’s (MoU) ranking of recognized organizations continues to be the best. For the second year running, DNV was evaluated as top of the class in terms of port state control inspection results according to figures to be released by the Paris MoU port state regime in July.

“This is really recognition of our shipowners, because it is the shipowners’ vessels that are not detained, not DNV’s vessels,” said Per Wiggo Richardsen, communication manager for DNV Maritime.

“But we are, of course, proud of the results that DNV surveyors and DNV systems achieve. Quality all through the value chain is the main target for DNV. Based on that we are pleased to see ourselves ranked as the number one classification society,” added Mr Richardsen.

The Paris MoU covers all European ports and ranks performance on a similar basis to the way in which it rates flag states. Its data is based on port state control findings over the past three years and is regarded as a neutral and reliable indication of vessel (and class society) performance. The number of inspected ships has been increasing steadily over the years with more than 13,000 ships inspected annually.

“The ratings are not solely a matter of prestige for classification societies and flags concerned, as they are taken into account when the Paris MoU decides which ships it will target for port state control inspection. This can be an obvious inconvenience to vessel operators,” commented Mr Richardsen.

For DNV, achieving a favourable ranking among classification societies under the major regimes is a confirmation of its quality standards.