October 18, 2004

Paris MOU campaign focuses on living conditions

The 20 maritime authorities of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control have started a concentrated inspection campaign focusing on shipboard living conditions.

The campaign started October 1 and will continue until December31, 2004.

In practice the campaign will mean that during every port State control inspection within the Paris MOU region--EU Members plus Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation--working and living conditions on ships will be verified in more detail for compliance with the international standards of ILO Merchant Shipping (Minimum Standards) Convention, 1976 (No. 147) and the Protocol 1996 to ILO147.

The inspections will focus on the accommodationa (including hospital), the galley and food and water supplies and storage, as well as hours of work/rest and working schedules.

Port State Control Officers will use a list of 12 selected shipboard areas and items of inspection.

If deficiencies are found, the Port State Control Officer will conduct an in depth investigation into working and living conditions on board.

When deficiencies are found, sanctions by the port State may vary from recording the deficiency and instructing the master to rectify within 14 days to the detention of the ship until all deficiencies have been rectified. In case of detention, the ship could face the risk of follow-up inspections in other Paris MOU ports and publication in the monthly list of detentions issued by the Secretariat of the Paris MOU.

It is expected that approximately 4,000 inspections will be carried out during the the campaign.

All inspections will be inserted in the SIRENAC database of the Paris MOU and will be recorded on an evaluation form. The results of the campaign will be analyzed early next year and will be submitted to the Committee of the Paris MOU.

The next Paris MOU concentrated inspection campaign will focus on the implementation of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.

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