Specifically, Tokyo MoU member Authorities verified crucial points of compliance, according with MARPOL Annex VI on all types of foreign merchant ships.

The highest number of inspections took place on ships flying the flags of:

  • Panama 1,817 (27.51%);
  • Hong Kong (China) 649 (9.86%);
  • Marshall Islands 620 (9.39%);
  • Liberia 620 (9.39%).


The highest number of CIC inspections regarding ship type were performed on bulk carriers 2,402 (36.37%), followed by general cargo/multipurpose vessels 1,234 (18.69%) and container vessels 1,171 (17.73%).

Moreover, CIC related detentions by flag State were as follows:

  • Marshall Islands 1 out of 620 inspections, 0.16% detention rate;
  • Netherlands 1 out of 20 inspections, 5.0% detention rate;
  • Panama 1 out of 1,817 inspections, 0.06% detention rate;
  • Vietnam 1 out of 156 inspections, 0.64% detention rate.

Tokyo MoU notes that the most notable deficiencies found during the campaign were in relation to:

  • Whether ships with rechargeable systems containing ozone-depleting substances have maintained the ozone-depleting substances record book, 121 deficiencies (1.83%);
  • Whether bunker delivery notes, with details of fuel oil for combustion purposes, have been kept available on board for the required period of 3 years, 118 deficiencies (1.79%);
  • Whether the relevant ship’s crew members were familiar with, properly trained in, and capable of operating a shipboard incinerator or thermal waste treatment device installed as an alternative arrangement, in accordance with the guidance provided by the manufacturer, 93 deficiencies (1.41%).

Final analysis of the results of the campaign will be considered by the Port State Control Committee in October 2019, and a report of the CIC will be presented as well to the IMO's Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III).