THETIS-Med marks the beginning of a new era on how ships are targeted for inspection in the Mediterranean region, how these inspections are recorded, and how the results are made available for the exchange of information between EU and non-EU countries which are members of the Med MoU (Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey).

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Since March 2017, EMSA has been implementing the “EuroMed Maritime Safety” project, commonly known as Safemed IV. This project aims to foster regional cooperation among Mediterranean riparian states, while at the same time providing technical assistance to improve maritime safety, pollution prevention, security and labour conditions on board ships.

One of the key elements for the successful implementation of PSC activities at regional level is the introduction of an effective and user-friendly information system. In the framework of the Safemed IV project, EMSA had the responsibility to develop such a system, after a request made at the 19th committee meeting of the Med MoU in October 2017 in Cyprus.

The THETIS-Med system will support Algeria, Cyprus, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Morocco, Tunisia, and Turkey, in the execution of their obligations with respect to PSC inspections.

THETIS-Med modernises the way ships are targeted in the Med MoU, it simplifies the recording and online availability of inspections reports, and it further aligns the procedures and modus operandi with the Paris MoU by increasing cooperation between EMSA, the EU member states and Safemed IV beneficiary countries

EMSA said.

THETIS-Med can handle thousands of inspections a year and combine port notification information with ship particulars and inspection details in near real-time, including a target factor for each ship in port and updates their performance.

It also provides PSC Officers with a direct link to RuleCheck, a decision support tool developed by EMSA that includes an up-to-date repository of international and EU maritime legislation.