Paris and Tokyo MoUs announced that the awareness among ships’ crews regarding the 2020 sulphur cap proved to be high, so emphasis is now placed on the fuel carriage ban requirements entering into force on 1st March 2020. Both Memoranda agreed that the requirements will be applied without exception.
The North P&I Club issued a guidance in light of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, to help vessels be complaint with the fuel requirements of each port when being inspected by port state control authorities; Thus, the Club informs on what to expect when calling ports in different states.
Concerning marine safety and the importance of it, Vice President of the Passenger Vessel Association, Colleen Stephens, testified before the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee last month at a hearing, commenting against third-party organization inspections.
Paris MoU aspires to balance its inspections and their outcome in line with the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap; Yet, Carien Droppers, Deputy Secretary General at Paris MoU commented to BIMCO that the inspections often face challenges in ensuring that the results are identical in every port.
The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a shipping note to advise parties concerned on the 2019 Guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3 adopted at IMO’s 74th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74).
The 2020 sulphur cap will enter into force on 1st January 2020, meaning that a comprehensive approach to compliance is expected by all Port State Control (PSC) regimes. PSC inspections will be conducted according to the IMO PSC procedures, the 2019 guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI.
Many operators monitor specific KPIs, but these are not necessarily make the difference; it is not only the detention ratio, but country, port, age, and ship type that matter. Analyzing more than 33,500 inspections and related data from RISK4SEA – the online intelligence platform providing PSC inspection analytics & benchmarking – the global KPIs for the first semester of 2019 show 1.88 deficiencies per inspection, in comparison to the last running quarter which was 1.76. The detention rate is 2.46%, and the clean inspection rate is 52%.
The Port State Control Committee, the governing body under Tokyo MoU, agreed to accept Panama as its 21st member Authority, during its 30th meeting that took place in Majuro, Marshall Islands, from 14 to 17 October 2019. Panama has completed a three-year term as a Co-operating Member Authority.
In 1838, the 25th Congress signed the Congressional Act of 1838 (5 Stat. L., 304) which constituted the Coast Guard’s Marine Inspection Program and came into effect in October 1st of that year. This was the first regulation authorized by the national government in order to provide with better security for the lives of passengers on the ships in whole or in part by steam.
MPA Singapore and Panama Maritime Authority inked a MoU to strengthen maritime relations on 19 September. The agreement is expected, among others, to facilitate vessels registered with either Panama or Singapore calling at each other’s ports with faster checks and clearances.
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