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'ACORUS' banned again from Paris MoU region

The 28 year old general cargo ship ‘ACORUS’ was detained in Piraeus, Greece, on 10 November, during a re-inspection for lifting the refusal of access order, which was imposed in July 2017. This was its second detention in Greece within 36 months.

NIHAL banned from Paris MoU region

The general cargo vessel “NIHAL” will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region, after it was detained in Birkenhead, UK, on 18 September 2017 due to multiple detentions.

USCG: ECDIS must comply with IHO standards

During their Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC), starting from September 1st and ending on November 30, the two major Port State Control regimes – Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU – will focus on navigational safety. USCG suggests ways for compliance in case vessels have not complied with the recommended ECDIS IHO standards, now that the CICs have begun. 

UKHO urges operators to check ECDIS compliance ahead of CIC

Ahead of the IHO’s compliance deadline of 31 August 2017, the UK Hydrographic Office urged owners and operators to ensure their ECDIS systems are using S-52 Presentation Library Edition 4.0. The deadline coincides with the launch of a worldwide Concentrated Inspection Campaign by Tokyo MoU and Paris MoU.

Three new ships detained in UK in July

Three new foreign flagged vessels were detained in a UK port in July, after failing Port State Control inspection, reaching the number of detained ships in UK to ten, the country’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced.

CIC Questionnaire on Safety of Navigation is now available

Paris MoU has released the  questionnaire for the forthcoming CIC on safety of navigation in compliance with SOLAS Chapter V. The aim of the CIC is to check compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention, the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety, and the competency of crew involved in navigation operations. The Paris MoU will conduct the CIC jointly with the Tokyo MoU from 1 September to 30 November 2017.

Paris MoU: Procedures for refusal of access

The Paris MoU has issued a document to provide information on procedures for ships being refused access due to failure to call at an indicated repair yard, jumping detention or multiple detentions, including the required notifications.

Paris MoU annual report notes increase in bans

Paris MoU issued its 2016 Annual report on Port State Control, which shows a significant increase in the refusal of access (bans) within the region. In 2016, the bans were 20, compared to 11 in 2015, while the number of detentions and detainable deficiencies has also increased.

Third ship detained in Paris MoU region in last three years

On 6 July 2017, the “ACORUS” vessel was detained in Port of Asprogirpos, Greece, according to Paris MoU. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship flies the flag of Moldova Republic, which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list.

Paris MoU issues guidelines for electronic certificates

Paris MoU issued guidelines, approved by the IMO Facilitation Committee, informing shippers of how to facilitate the use and acceptance of electronic certificates. It is often that flag states using electronic certificates to experience instances of Port State Control authorities denying the validity of these certificates.

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