Much has been accomplished since I started in this job. The membership has been increased from 14 to 27 maritime authorities. The organizational structure of the MoU was changed to better anticipate on future challenges...It has been an honour and privilege to work for the Paris MoU on Port State Control for so many years.

...said Mr. Schiferli on Paris MoU's Annual Report released earlier this year.

I am very much looking forward to succeeding Richard Schiferli. He leaves behind a Secretariat that has largely been formed under his leadership and has grown into what it is today. Moreover, although it will not be easy to compensate for the knowledge and experience of Richard himself, I’m comforted by the structure and the quality of the Secretariat he’s leaving behind,

...stated on the occasion Mr Smulders.

Mr. Smulders was educated at the Royal Navy Academy of the Netherlands and he sailed for 5 years as a naval officer. After a short period in the private sector, he worked as an inspector and advisor in the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate where he gained relevant knowledge on maritime legislation and the practice of inspections.

In 2007, he moved to the maritime policy directorate dealing with subjects as the European Maritime Safety Agency and the Paris MoU on Port State Control. He was appointed as coordinating policy advisor within the Maritime Affairs Directorate of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management and also served as the Alternate Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the IMO.

Mr Hogan, as Chairman of the Port State Control Committee,welcomed Mr Smulders as the incoming Secretary-General and looks forward to working with him and the staff of the Secretariat in developing the Paris MoU in its work going forward.

The Paris MoU is currently running a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex VI, from 1 September to 30 November, to establish the level of compliance with the MARPOL requirements.