In January 2011 the European Commission introduced an EU-wide online register which will track all safety inspections on ships carried out in EU ports. The register aims to “name and shame” those shipping companies with poor safety inspection records. Companies with low safety performance for three months or more will be subject to frequent inspections whereas companies with strong safety records will be given good public visibility and will be subject to fewer inspections. It is anticipated that the public register will be of particular interest to insurance companies and manufacturers.