Two vessels have been denied access to the region covered by the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control, M/V Furkan and M/V Salah Aldeen 2.
M/V Salah Aldeen 2 was detained in Tarragona, Spain on December 16, 2014. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months.
The ship flies the flag of Sierra Leone, which is black on the current Paris MoU BWG list.
M/V Furkan was detained in Castellon, Spain on December 20, 2014. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 24 months.
The ship flies the flag of Vanatu, which is grey on the current Paris MoU BWG list.
Under the provisions of section 4 of the Paris MoU, Article 16 of EU Council Directive 2009/16/EC1, both ships will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region, except a port and anchorage of the ships’ respective flag states.
The refusal of access will become applicable immediately after the ships are authorized to leave their current ports and anchorages.
As this is the first refusal of access order, the period of the refusal of access will be 3 months for each ship.
Image: Paris MoU