Paris MoU issues 2006 Annual Report

The Paris MoU has issued its 2006 Annual Report, which is available here or at its website


Accompanying this Report the Paris MoU has issued the following press release:


 'Now that the main principles of the New Inspection Regime (NIR) have been agreed, the Paris MoU is continuing its work to fill in the details of a new approach to port State control. While low-risk ships will be rewarded with a 24 month interval, the high risk ships will be subject to a more rigorous inspection regime with an inspection every 6 months. During 2006 the discussion on the NIR had to take into account what happened at the European Community level on the proposed re-cast Directive on port State control.


'Work has also started on the details of the NIR and a Task Force is preparing proposals for the level and scope of inspections. These inspection matrices should provide a more harmonised approach to the levels to which different ship types are

inspected. This would then also provide more accurate data on the results of the inspections and the level of responsibility. A new element in the NIR will measure the performance of the company of the ships. It is anticipated that the European decision

making process will be finalised by the end of 2007. This would mean that the NIR will enter into force in 2010 or 2011 at the latest.


With Cyprus, Lithuania and Malta joining the Memorandum in 2006, the 25 members of the agreement have carried out 21,566 inspections in 2006. For the first time in six years, the number of detentions has gone up from 944 in 2005 to 1,174 in 2006.


'Given the fact that the freight market is very good, old tonnage may stay in service longer that planned. This could have an adverse effect on the safety of older ships. The relatively low costs of repairs following a detention do not outweigh high profits of carrying cargo. Hopefully this rise in detentions is not the start of a trend. On the other hand a decreasing number of ships have been refused access to ports

in the region. In 2006 a total of 14 ships were banned, compared to 28 in 2005, thereby bringing the total number of ships banned between 2004 and 2006 to 77. Research has indicated that most of these unwanted ships are still in operation in

other areas, mostly in the Black Sea


'The decisions taken by Ministers during the 2nd Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo MoUs in 2004 have been considered for implementation by the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda. A joint list of actions was agreed in 2005 and work programmes have been started for implementation. The intensified co-operation between the two regions has already resulted in harmonised procedures and joint inspection campaigns. With the enlargement of the European Union, the Paris MoU will also extend its membership in the near future closing some blanks in the geographical scope. There are two more co-operating members who are undergoing an assessment in order to achieve full membership status. Working together with these countries, Bulgaria and Romania, has been very successful.


'From 1 February to 30 April 2006 a Concentrated Inspection Campaign was carried out in the context of MARPOL 73/78, Annex I, Regulations 16 and 17. The purpose was to investigate the operability of oil filtering equipment systems, and to find out whether sludge has been discharged into port reception facilities, burnt in an incinerator or in an auxiliary boiler suitable for burning oil residues, mixed with fuel or other alternative arrangements. Of most concern was a finding that in 108 cases unauthorised by-passes were found in the engine room. Such by-passes would allow oil residues to be pumped overboard directly, without being filtered. During the campaign 4,614 vessels were checked and of them 128 were detained (2.8%).'