Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control

For the fourth year running the detention rates under the Paris MoU have dropped. The 2004 Annual Report of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control is now available on the Paris MoU web site http://www.parismou.org/. It has been entitled "Changing Course" so as to reflect the decision to develop a new risk-based inspection regime. 

According to this report, the meeting of ministers of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda members in Vancouver at the end of 2004 underlined the political determination to strengthen the “Circle of Responsibility”, in which all parties of the maritime industry are held accountable for safer shipping. 

Taking a pragmatic approach, a Harmonised Verification Programme was started on 1 July 2004 in a joint effort with the Tokyo MoU. Results have indicated that compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code has been better than anticipated. Although many ships were detained in the initial month due to certification problems, no major security risks were encountered. 

In the last quarter of 2004 a Concentrated Inspection Campaign was held to verify compliance with International Labour Organization (ILO) standards for working and living conditions and hours of work and rest. The campaign revealed that more than 40% of the ships inspected had deficiencies in at least one of the selected inspections areas.  

A total of 21 ships were detained for ILO matters. Most ILO deficiencies were found in the areas of food storage, condition of the galley, sanitary facilities and hospital accommodation. Special attention was also given to the implementation of the Seafarer’s Hours of Work and the Manning of Ships Convention, 1996 (No. 180). In almost 50% of all inspections deficiencies were found related to working arrangements. 

Contact: Howard Snaith