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The new PSC Inspection Regime is improving effectiveness

The New Inspection Regime (NIR) for Port State Control has been in place since 1 January 2011 (read our News dated 10/02/2010 and 01/12/2011), and some stocktaking is in order.

By 31 July this year, Paris MoU Member States had performed 10,971 inspections, 22.6% less than the 14,177 reported for the same period in 2010, EMSA reported.

This figure is very close to the estimated reduction of ‘necessary inspections’ that was predicted for the NIR, clearly demonstrating the benefits of the new regime. For the same period the detention rate slightly increased from 3.6% in 2010 to 3.7% in 2011.

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Sentences in US for Marpol Violations

Other sentences were issued in the last four months in US due to Marpol Violations.

A Chief Engineer  was sentenced to six months in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, for obstructing a Coast Guard inspection that took place in May 2010 aboard a Liberian-operated cargo ship at the Port of Baltimore. In a related case, the ship-owner and operator of the vessel previously pleaded guilty to obstructing a Coast Guard examination and violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships. The company was sentenced in February 2011 to pay a $2.4 million fine, and to serve three years probation, subject to an environmental compliance plan that includes audits by an independent third party auditor.

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Launch of concentrated inspection campaign on structural safety and load lines

Inspection Campaign begins 1 September 2011, by Paris MOU on Port State Control

Control will begin a joint concentrated inspection campaign with the purpose to ensure compliance with structural safety and the Load Line Convention. This inspection campaign will be held for 3 months, ending on 30 November 2011. The States party of the Viña del Mar Agreement, the Indian Ocean MOU, the Mediterranean MOU and the Black Sea MOU will follow the same routine during the campaign. Read more »

Paris MoU issued new deficiency code list

Paris MOU released the deficiency code list, effective 1st July 2011.

Follow a review regarding the release of the associated deficiency coding, the Paris MOU concluded at its meeting in May 2011 that the deficiency codes may be publicly released.

View the deficiency code list

U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency Announce VGP Monitoring Agreement

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a framework from where the USCG could monitor the Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements for the EPA. On Friday, 11 February, 2011, both organizations announced a completed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two government agencies for the USCG to begin monitoring activities.

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