Paris MOU performance list puts RINA on pedestal

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Genoa-headquartered classification society RINA has been recognised by the Paris memorandum of understanding as best performing recognised organisation in 2009.

The Paris MOU committee approved the 2009 Port State Control inspection results for ships at its 43rd meeting and adopted new performance lists for flag states and recognised organisations, to take effect from July 1.

“Owners who choose RINA class work hard to maintain the highest standards,” said Ugo Salerno, RINA chief executive. “We work hard to support those owners, not because we want to top any lists, but because we want our classed fleet to maintain a consistent high level of quality.

He added: “That will become even more into focus when the Paris MOU begins to implement its Thetis project in 2011, under which all ships will be inspected and those which meet certain standards will be free of inspection for a set period.

“High quality owners such as those who underpin this year’s MOU performance will benefit by seeing a reduced inspection workload in European ports.”