The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) held its 48th Committee meeting in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands, from 18 – 22 May 2015 under the chairmanship of Mr. Brian Hogan. The meeting was officially opened by the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen.
The meeting was attended by members of the Paris MoU, the European Commission, EMSA, Montenegro, observers from the International Labour Organization, US Coast Guard, Viña del Mar Agreement, Tokyo MoU, Caribbean MoU, Mediterranean MoU, Indian Ocean MoU, Abuja MoU and Black Sea MoU.
High importance was given to the Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CICs). Jointly with the Tokyo MoU a CIC on Crew Familiarisation for Enclosed Space Entry is scheduled from September to November, this year. After the entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC2006) in 2013 the Committee decided on carrying out a CIC in 2016 to verify compliance with the Convention. The questionnaire and guidelines for this CIC have been completed and adopted by the Paris MoU Committee at its present session.
Secretary General Richard Schiferli expressed the view of the Committee that this decision demonstrated the importance to the Paris MoU of decent working and living conditions onboard ships, as well as ensuring that seafarers’ rights are respected.
The report of the CIC on STCW hours of rest, carried out in September to November of 2014, was presented to PSCC48. The Committee expressed concern that during the CIC, which was publicised in advance, 912 deficiencies were recorded related specifically to STCW hours of rest and that 16 ships were detained as a result of the CIC. The results will be published and submitted to the IMO.
The Committee agreed to work on a plan to elaborate the guidelines on MARPOL Annex VI, which deals with air pollution from ships. Montenegro has entered into the final stage towards full membership and a decision will be taken next year, when the Committee meets in Norway. The Committee adopted the 2014 Annual Report, including the new White, Grey and Black List and the performance list of Recognised Organisations. The lists will be published early June and used for targeting purposes starting 1st July 2015. There are a continued high number of ships which are refused access to the region after multiple detentions. Four ships have been banned for a second time. The Annual Report will be published by the end of July this year.
On behalf of the member states, Mr. Hogan concluded the meeting by remarking that significant progress has been made on port State control issues during this meeting. He thanked all member states, the European Commission, EMSA and the Paris MoU Secretariat for their contribution. In particular Mr. Hogan thanked the Maritime Administration of the Netherlands, for the excellent arrangements they made for this Committee meeting.