Paris MOU to conduct a concentrated campaign on safety communication equipment

Ships entering European ports this autumn will face tough port-state control checks on their radio, safety and distress equipment. 

The Paris MOU (The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on port state control) participants say they will conduct a three-month concentrated campaign on safety communication equipment starting in September. 

In a statement, Paris MOU secretariat head Richard Schiferli said, "During every port-state control inspection, the ship's Global Maritime Distress & Safety System (GMDSS), its equipment, operation and correct recording of communications and maintenance shall be verified in more detail for compliance with SOLAS, STCW Code and ISM Code". 

During inspections, ships officers must answer a total of 15 specialised questions that have been drawn up. 

Schiferli added: "When there are clear grounds for believing that the requirements are not met, a more detailed inspection may be carried out". 

Any deficiencies found will have to be rectified immediately within 14 days, or before the next port of call. 

Serious deficiencies will lead to the ship's detention. 

Around 4,000 ships are expected to be inspected at European ports over the three-month campaign. 

Similar previous concentrated campaigns by the Paris MOU have covered bulker safety and compliance with the International Ship & Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. 

Contact: Howard Snaith