Paris MOU agrees to adopt a new risk-based inspection regime

The Finnish Maritime Authority hosted the 38th meeting of the executive committee of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in Helsinki, 9-13 May 2005. This meeting marked the end of Alan Cubbin's tenure as Chairman and the beginning of that of Brian Hogan, Chief Surveyor in the Irish Maritime Safety Directorate. 

Following last year's crucial decision to scrap its 25% inspection regime, the Paris MOU Committee agreed to adopt a new risk-based inspection regime. The regime will aim at full coverage of risky ships visiting the region while top quality operators will be rewarded with less frequent attention.  

Joachim Heyna, the leader of the MOU task force developing the system, said that the new regime will take account of the IMO's risk-based formula and provide a coherent and flexible system for targeting high risk ships and the risk areas on board. Crucial to the project is a study being carried out by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) which will evaluate the impact of the new regime. The far reaching changes will also require the development of a new information system to accommodate reports in any media. 

Also agreed was a series of Concentrated Inspection Campaigns - the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) requirements this year and MARPOL Annex I in 2006. Talks will be held with the Tokyo MOU with a view to mounting a joint campaign on the ISM Code in 2007 – which will mark the end of the first five-year cycle of the Code. It is hoped that the results will inform the IMO's group of experts who are considering possible amendments to the Code. 

Click here to view a Press Release giving further details of this meeting.  

Contact: Howard Snaith