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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

PARIS MOU - RESULTS OF PARIS MOU CONCENTRATED INSPECTION CAMPAIGN ON TANKERS OVER 15 YEARS OLD

The Paris MoU has recently announced the results of its Concentrated Inspection Campaign on tankers. The campaign, which was carried out during the period September – November 2000, targeted oil tankers (chemical carriers were excluded) over 3,000 grt (5,000 dwt) and more than 15 years old.

The campaign took place across the Paris MoU region without, however, the participation of Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland and Ireland. During the inspection campaign period, a total number of 7,003 tankers called at the ports in the Paris MoU region. It is worth noting that the majority of these vessels (64.3%) were younger than 15 years of age and only 35.7 % of tankers were over 15 years.

% of tankers over 15 yrs calling into the Paris MoU region Period : (September - November 2000)
CountriesNO. OF TANKERSNO. OF TANKERS OVER 15 YEARS OLD Percentage
BEL39912030.1%
CAN 2537529.6%
DEU 376127 33.8%
DNK 197 8241.6%
ESP 733 29840.7%
FIN1566038.5%
FRA72018525.7%
GBR86321925.4%
GRC23316771.7%
HRV311445.2%
IRL982828.6%
ISL8112.5%
ITA76534545.1%
NLD88926429.7%
NOR3647821.4%
POL823846.3%
PRT1646942.1%
RUS35119655.8%
SVN211676.2%
SWE30011638.7%
Grand Total7003249835.7%
Source: LMIS / Paris MoU

A total of 205 (8.2 %) oil tankers were inspected and 23 tankers were detained (11.2 % of the inspected vessels and 0.9% of vessels entering the region). In comparison with the annual detention/inspection rate of 1999, which was 5.9%, the campaign rate was much higher (11.2%). In this regard, INTERTANKO members may note that the annual detention/ inspection rates for 1999 per ships category in Paris MoU were as follows:

Type of vesselsInspectionsDetentions%
General Dry Cargo636384913.34%
Bulk Carriers50374428.78%
Refrigerated Cargo842708.31%
Other Types441347.71%
Chemical carriers891556.17%
Tankers /Comb. Carriers1484885.93%
Passenger Ships / Ferries727375.09%
Ro-Ro / Container / Vehicle23701054.43%
Gas Carriers24441.64%

 

In addition to the initial targeting requirements, the campaign was particularly focused on inspecting a higher number of tankers carrying the Maltese flag, classed by LRS/RINA/DNV and ABS and having a size of 20 – 40,000 dwt. Compared to the regular port state control inspection, additional checks were made at the cargo deck area, the ballast tanks, the cargo tanks, the pump rooms, the inert gas systems and the engine rooms.

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Taking into account the small number of detained ships, the report highlights the difficulty of drawing definite conclusions regarding the performance of a particular flag, class, age and tonnage segment. The majority of detentions could be attributed to deficiencies related to lack of maintenance, Marpol and safety of equipment. Of the 147 tankers subjected to a water ballast inspection, only 4 were detained for structural safety reasons. Overall, almost half of the inspected vessels had at least one remark or deficiency.

Members who wish to receive a copy of the report may contact Mr Theodore Plessas on e-mail theodore.plessas@intertanko.com