''What started out as an ambitious undertaking by 14 European maritime authorities, cooperating on a mostly technical basis, has developed into a mature organization of 27 Members. '' said the Paris MoU in a press release.

The main target of the region is to form effective control mechanism to enhance the safety of shipping, the protection of the marine environment and securing adequate working and living conditions on board ships.

Paris MoU notes that over the years, the work of PSCO has become complex including many responsibilities always aiming at eliminating sub-standard shipping

The following infographic presents a historic overview of the region