The Paris MoU will introduce a new port state control inspection regime from the 1st of January 2011. This New Inspection Regime (NIR) was developed by the Paris MoU following consultation with the industry on a mechanism to focus port State control inspections and to reward quality shipping. The NIR was developed in cooperation with the European Union and with a significant contribution from EMSA and all of the member Authorities of the Paris MoU. The NIR requirements are aligned with the legislative requirements of the new EU Directive on Port State Control and with the national legislation of the PMoU Member States. Under the NIR quality ships will be rewarded with longer inspection intervals. High risk ships will be subject to expanded inspections every 6 months. Ships with 3 or more detentions will be banned for minimum period of 3 months.
As the Paris MOU’s Caught In The Net programme shows there are far too many two-bit ship owners happy to let their ships become a hazard to those who sail them and the environment of the waters they sail through. Now new European Union, EU, rules that come into force next year intends to name and shame shipping companies with a poor safety record and boost those with a strong one.
Says the EU announcement: “New rules to enhance and improve the safety performance of ships were adopted today by the European Commission. The rules will introduce, from January 1st 2011, a new online register to “to name and shame” shipping companies which are performing poorly on vital safety inspections, port state control, while those with strong safety records will be given good public visibility.
“Port state controls are crucial for preventing shipping disasters and the tragic loss of life and huge environmental damage that can result. Companies and states which show up as poorly performing will be subject to more intensive, co-ordinated inspections in EU ports. Manufacturers or other industries will be able to choose the shipping companies they use for freight or passengers in full knowledge of their safety record.
Nearly a third of ships detained by Paris and Tokyo MoU members from September to November in last year’s concentrated inspection campaign, CIC, on lifeboat launching arrangements had deficiencies dangerous to seafarers aboard them. In a preliminary report, the Paris MOU says that one out of eight lifeboat drills were not carried out satisfactorily.
The findings highlight the poor performance and lack of commonsense and a refusal to substantively address safety issues by lifeboat makers, on-load hook release manufacturers and the industry generally. The Paris MoU has expressed concern about poor boat drills which it says: “is often caused by lack of training… Of the procedures or instructions and identification of hazards associated with launching and recovery of lifeboats one out of 6 was found unsatisfactory. These are related to the safety
management system on board the ship.”
Apart from a lack of concern for seafarers lives on the part of the owners and managers