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EMSA Launches RuleCheck Port State Control System

EMSA has launched RuleCheck, which is a system to enable ship inspections in ports to be undertaken more efficiently and effectively. Over time, the international rules governing port state control (PSC) related ship inspections have become more and more complex. RuleCheck makes the inspector’s job easier, by clearly showing the different rules that apply to a selected ship at the time of an inspection. RuleCheck was developed under a contract with the Korean Register of Shipping (KRS). “Port state control is right at the heart of ensuring that ships operate safely, and RuleCheck will make a big difference to ship inspections in EU ports,” said EMSA Executive Director Willem de Ruiter. “For years, port state control officers have had an increasingly difficult time trying to ensure that the many different rules are applied properly in carrying out their work. The new system will simplify their decision making process, thus enabling ship inspections to be carried out in a more efficient and effective way in the future. It should also be remembered that this is only the first version of RuleCheck, so there will be further improvements to come.” Conventions have been getting more and more complex over time. For example: they are increasing in number; they often contain amendments; they have varying dates of implementation and; they often do not apply to all ship types. In addition, further regulatory changes will only make the situation more


Passenger Ship HAVEC Report Considered at Paris MOU Meeting

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The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) Committee met in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 19 - 23 May 2014. Among other matters, the report of the Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ships (objective to obtain a view of emergency preparedness on passenger ships) was discussed. Extracts from the Paris MoU's report on the meeting follow: The meeting was attended by all members, the European Commission, EMSA, Montenegro, observers from the ILO


Port State Control Annual Report Published

Paris MoU “White, Grey and Black Lists” indicate further improvements towards quality shipping in its 2011 report Brian Hogan, chairman of the Committee stated: “This year was one of the most significant and busy years for the Paris MoU in recent times. The start of the year saw the introduction of the New Inspection Regime, NIR, which has transformed and modernised the port state control regime in our region.


Paris MoU Reports 113 MLC Detentions in First Year

Photo: Paris MoU

August 20, 2014 marked the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC, 2006). During the first 12 months, 113 ships were detained by one of the Paris MoU Authorities for MLC-related deficiencies, representing 17.4% of the total number of detentions (649) in the Paris MoU during this period. During the first year, 7.4% (3,447) of the total number of 46,798 deficiencies recorded was linked to the MLC, while 160 (4


Ship Fire Safety Still Serious Concern: Paris MOU Survey

Public Domain CCO Photo

Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Fire Safety Systems, underline fire safety concerns. The results are based on the CIC survey carried out between 1 September 2012 and 30 November 2012 in the Paris MoU region. 103 ships were detained over the 3 month period as a direct result of the CIC for deficiencies related to Fire Safety Systems. 64% of all ships detained in the three month period were detained for fire safety related issues


Old Propulsion Machinery Top Cause of Ship Detentions

Machinery, general cargo/multipurpose ship, date keel laid 1976.

41% of all detentions in study due to deficiencies in propulsion and auxiliary machinery Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery, carried out between 1 September 2013 and 30 November 2013 in the Paris MoU region show that: 68 ships (41% of all detentions) were detained over the 3 month period as a direct result of the CIC for deficiencies related to propulsion and auxiliary machinery


Foreign Ships Under Detention, UK

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that 11 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during February 2009 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were seven new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during February 2009 and four vessels under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was four percent


Third Strike, Mansour Is Out

3rd ban of MV Mansour M due to Jump Detention

  The M/V "MANSOUR M" with IMO number 7600586 has been banned for the 3rd time after subsequent detentions after the second refusal of access order in the Paris MoU region. The ship was detained on 31 October 2014 in the anchorage of Rhodes (Greece) and left on 3 November 2014 without complying with the conditions by Rhodes Port State Control Offices. The ship flies the flag of the Republic of Moldova and was banned for the first time in 2011 by Greece and for the second


Paris MOU Enforces STCW95

The Paris and Tokyo MOU Committees have confirmed that when the IMO's period of grace ends on August 1 the provisions of the new STCW95 Convention will be strictly enforced by port States in the Regions. Ships issued with Letters of Warning since the Convention came into force in February 2002 will be given priority for inspection, but all ships inspected will be expected to comply. Port State Control Officers (PSCO's) will verify that all seafarers required to be certificated do hold a


Singapore-Registered Ships Expected to Meet ISM Code

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) expects that all ships under the Singapore flag affected by the implementation of Phase II of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, will be able to comply with the Code by the deadline. At present, about 99% of Singapore-registered ships that come under Phase II, have either already attained the necessary certification or are well in the process of doing so.


African, Chinese Shipbuilders Form Partnership

Prasheen Maharaj (left), CEO of Southern Africa Shipyards, seals the deal with Ye Fengsheng of China Shipbuilding Trading Company. (Photo courtesy of SAS)

Southern African Shipyards (SAS) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China Shipbuilding Trading Company (CSTC), a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation, in a union between the largest shipyard in Southern Africa and the largest shipbuilding group in the world.


SCI Signs MOU with Govt of India

Shipping Corporation of India has   signed MOU  with Ministry of Shipping for the year 2015-2016

  Public sector firm, the Shipping Corporation of India (SCI), which is india's largest shipping company has signed MOU with Ministry of Shipping (MOS), Government of India for the year 2015-2016 The Memorandum of Understanding between SCI and Ministry of Shipping  for the year 2015


Seafarers ... Get Some Rest!

“Insufficient rest of watch keeping personnel has already caused several incidents over the past years,” said Secretary General Richard Schiferli. “ It may be the cause of fatigue, which can have major consequences for safety and the environment.”

With global focus on the mariner courtesy of MLC2006, reinforced by a number of high profile catastrophic maritime casualties that are directly linked to “the human factor,” preliminary results from the Paris MoU should be disturbing at the least.


UN: No Miracle Fix at Paris Climate Summit

     Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat (Photo courtesy of the UN)

The world will take years to limit climate change to manageable levels, with no miracle fix at a Paris summit this year despite growing signs of action by governments and companies, the United Nations climate chief said on Thursday. Senior officials from almost 190 nations will meet from Feb


Study Reveals Inadequate Rest Hours Compliance

Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW Hours of Rest, carried out between September 1 and November 30, 2014 in the Paris MoU region show that 16 ships (14% of detentions during CIC) were detained over the three-month period as a direct result of the CIC for


MLC2006 Impact: 113 Ships Detained

August 20, 2014 marked the first anniversary of the entry into force of the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC, 2006). During these first 12 months 113 ships were detained by one of the Paris MoU Authorities for MLC-related deficiencies. This represents 17


8 Foreign Flagged Ships Detained in UK

Port State Control inspection

  Eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During November, there were 6 new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port. 2 vessels remained under detention from previous months and 5


Concern Over Wages Despite Positive MLC Enforcement

Thomas Brown, managing director of Seacurus

Specialist marine insurance intermediary Seacurus says that overall confidence in the successful implementation of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) should not conceal the fact that there is continuing concern over the risk of abandonment and the timely payment of crew wages.


Stena Donates Tanker Model to Paris Museum

From left: Luc Gillet, vice President, Total Shipping Division, Dan Sten Olsson, CEO Stena AB,  Counter Admiral Loïc Finaz, Musée National de la Marine and  Veronika Wand-Danielsson, Swedish Ambassador in France

Stena donates tanker model to the Musée National de la Marine in Paris, highlighting safe maritime practices and clean oceans. A ceremony was held Friday evening at the prestigious national maritime museum, Musée National de la Marine in Paris


New Inspection Requirement for Ships in Paris MOU

Lloyd’s Register advises that the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Maritime Administration has issued Circular No. PSC 033 which requires additional inspections (termed ‘occasional surveys’) to be carried out for all vessels whose next port of call is within a Paris MOU member


ICS to Plead Shipowners' Eco-Concerns to IMO Member States

Masamichi Morooka: Photo ICS

In advance of a critical intergovernmental meeting next month at the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has called on IMO Member States to give careful consideration to shipowners’ concerns about the implementation of an avalanche of new


GNS Launches First Vessel Management System

At SMM in Hamburg, Germany this week, Global Navigation Solutions (GNS), the maritime services group, is launching its Vessel Management Service (VMS), the first integrated management system for total navigation compliance, to give shore-based ship managers more control of navigation compliance


Paris MoU Posts Performance Highlights

A St Kitts & Nevis-flagged vessel at home port and capital Basseterre

Following a three-year record of improved results from Port State Control (PSC) inspections, the London-headquartered St Kitts & Nevis International Ship Registry (SKANReg) has moved up to Grey List ranking on the Paris MoU performance lists covering Europe and the North Atlantic


Paris and Tokyo MOUs to Launch Joint CIC

  The Maritime Authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose to establish that watchkeeping personnel are meeting the requirements regarding hours of rest as per STCW


ICS Calls for Harmonized ECA Inspections

Peter Hinchliffe

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is encouraging the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control to ensure that a harmonized approach to PSC inspections has been developed in advance of the January 1, 2015 deadline with respect to the implementation of the 0






 
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