Paris MoU Annual Report 2002

The Paris MoU has now issued its Annual report for 2002.The 20th Anniversary of the Paris Memorandum was marked by a number of events which will determine action for the years ahead. Two major inspection campaigns identified "much room for improvement" in the issuing of STCW certificates and the implementation of the ISM Code. New amendments to the memorandum give more muscle to enforcement including the introduction of the "three strikes and out" for substandard ships.

With the introduction of more selective targeting, expanded inspections and new banning provisions, the Paris MoU is moving towards a "zero tolerance" policy.

The report indicates that the total number of inspections increased substantially in 2002 and was 5.8% higher than in the previous year. Detentions on the other hand decreased for the second year running and now only constitute 7.98% of total inspections. There has been a slight increase, 1.0%, in the total number of deficiencies recorded (69,079) during Port State Control inspections.

The full report can be downloaded from the Paris MoU web site.