Table 6-2
Security Compliance Performance Statistics by Flag State & ISPS Major Control Action

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Flag State Security exams Distinct arrival ISPS Major Control Action Rolling average control action ratio
Panama 1,810 1,666 9 1.07%
Antigua and Barbuda 354 271 3 1.27%
Liberia 1,007 881 3 0.42%
Bahamas 734 622 2 0.49%
Cyprus 384 356 2 0.90%
Malta 401 379 2 0.87%
Marshall Islands 560 492 2 0.51%
Netherlands 203 149 2 1.81%
Bermuda 96 66 1 0.65%
Bulgaria 10 15 1 2.56%
Cambodia 5 4 1 42.86%
Croatia 24 27 1 1.56%
Denmark 83 90 1 1.50%
Hong Kong 430 436 1 0.54%
Netherlands Antilles 71 51 1 0.82%
Portugal 24 14 1 4.00%
Thailand 43 44 1 2.48%
Vanuatu 64 63 1 0.65%
Other 2,750 2,552 0  
Austria 3 2 0 0.00%
Bahrain 1 2 0 0.00%
Total 9,053 8,178 35 0.80%

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), derived from data contained in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Port State Control in the United States, Annual Report 2006.

  • A Major Control Action (MCA) occurs when a vessel is detained, denied entry, or expelled for violating the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) or the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). In 2006, the overall Flag State performance improved in terms of MCAs, decreasing from 51 to 35, and the rolling average control action ratio, decreasing from 0.89% to 0.80%. The Panamanian, Liberian, and Bahamian flags had the most MCAs. However, their rolling average control action ratios were slightly above average-Panama, or below average-Liberia and the Bahamas. Eighteen Flag States had one or more MCAs.



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