Paris MoU reviews inspection quotas and targeting system

The decision by the Paris MoU on Port State Control to make a fundamental review of its methods of targeting and inspection is welcomed by INTERTANKO.

The idea being discussed is to scrap the 25% inspection quota that Paris MoU members are required to meet, and replace it with a targeting system that is more risk-based. This would in principle mean a reduced burden of inspections on quality ships, which should no longer be burdened with inspections from port states looking for a quick and easy 'fix' to meet their quota goals. Instead the spotlight would be on ships whose age, type, cargo, flag and/or class add up to a higher risk factor.

Chairman of the Paris MoU's Port State Control Committee Alan Cubbin points out that this MoU's membership has almost doubled since it was set up in 1982 and that "consequently the time has come for us to undertake a root and branch review of the inspection policy of the Paris MoU. This will include challenging some of the long-standing concepts such as the 25% (inspection quota) and the target factor which have served us well for many years".

Also under consideration are the criteria for follow-up inspections with the interval between port state control inspections reduced according to a ship's risk profile. Provisions for banning substandard tonnage may also be extended.

INTERTANKO Director and Head of its Marine, Chemical, Ports and Terminals and Environmental Directorate, Howard Snaith, emphasises that the Association supports the concept of reducing inspections on quality ships and focusing more on substandard tonnage. "This move by the Paris MoU will benefit all our members."

Contact: Howard Snaith