Code of Practice for PSC officers adopted

The Port State Control Committee of the Tokyo MOU has adopted a Code of Practice for PSC Officers in line with the Paris MOU. The Code is aimed at ensuring “integrity, professionalism and transparency” in the conduct of Port State Control (PSC) inspections, the Committee said in a press statement.


This is an issue for which INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee has been campaigning for some time and we are pleased to see the Tokyo MOU bring this into effect


At last week’s meeting of the Asia Pacific Region PSC in Victoria, Canada, approvals were also given for the publication of ship targeting factors (displayed from 1 October 2006) and an on-line monthly detention list (from 1 January 2007) on the MOU web site.


Members are also advised that a joint CIC (Concentrated Inspection Campaign) will be conducted from September to November 2007 on the ISM Code (International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention) with the Paris MOU and the United States Coast Guard.


A Paris MOU proposal on further joint CICs on safety of navigation (SOLAS Chapter V) in 2008 has been accepted. Members are also advised that in the following year, the Tokyo MOU, which brings together the PSC regimes of 18 countries, plans to run a CIC on lifeboats in conjunction with the Paris MOU.


Contact: Howard Snaith