The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) and Tokyo MoU have made arrangements to get member states ready for the upcoming maximum sulphur limit for marine fuel effective 1 January 2020.
The Paris MoU will carry out an information campaign by issuing a “Letter of Warning” to members starting 1 January 2019, to encourage timely compliance.
Secretary General Richard Schiferli stated that this will be a signal to the industry that port State control will take enforcement of the new sulphur limits seriously from “day one”.
The Paris MoU, meanwhile, has also approved a questionnaire for the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex VI to be carried out jointly with the Tokyo MoU.
The CIC aims to check the compliance with requirements for the prevention of air pollution from ships; it will be carried out from September to November 2018 and the questionnaire will be published in August.
The meeting was attended by members of the Paris MoU, the European Commission, EMSA, Montenegro, observers from the International Labour Organization, the International Maritime Organization, US Coast Guard, Tokyo MoU, Caribbean MoU, Mediterranean MoU, Black Sea MoU and Indian Ocean MoU.
The Paris MOU conducts more than 18,000 inspections on international ships in participating ports checking on international safety, security and environmental standards, and that crew members have adequate living and working conditions.
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Photo credit: Paris MoU
Published: 15 May, 2018
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