Paris MOU widens its scope

Meeting in Dubrovnik, Croatia last week, the Paris MoU Committee discussed i.a. maritime security, expanded inspections, new membership and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code.

Maritime security, expanded inspections and new membership dominated the agenda of last week's meeting of the Paris MoU Committee in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code ( ISPS ) was also discussed and the MoU have started planning for the introduction of the Code, which is due to take effect from 1 July 2003. The proposed roles of Port State Control officers in security checks are to be submitted to IMO as a template to formulate a harmonised approach. The MoU task force will work closely with the USCG in developing detailed guidelines.

As of the 22 July 2003 the programme of expanded inspection for older oil tankers, chemical and gas tankers, bulk carriers and passenger ships will become mandatory. On tankers these inspections will include checks on at least one ballast tank. Further details of the new inspection programme can be found here.

The Committee also welcomed Slovenia as its newest full member. Prospective EU members, Lithuania, Malta and Cyprus joined as co-operating members.

The relevant Press Release can be viewed here.

Contact: Philip Shenton