Paris, Tokyo MoUs to Conduct CIC on Navigation Safety

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The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) revealed plans to jointly undertake a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) with the Tokyo MoU, ICS Class informed.

The CIC will focus on navigation safety, including electronic chart display information systems (ECDIS).

As disclosed, the Black Sea MoU will also participate in the same CIC campaign.

The campaign will be held for three months, from September 1 to November 30. During this time, port state control (PSC) officers are expected to use a standard questionnaire, which will be published in August 2017, according to ICS Class.

The new CIC was announced during Paris MoU 35th anniversary meeting in Poland from May 22 to 26, at which many issues were discussed. During the meeting, high importance was given to the report of the CIC on the Maritime Labor Convention (MLC), 2006. The CIC was carried out from September to November 2016 and the general conclusion was that the results show a proper implementation of the MLC requirements on board the ships inspected, and compliance on the MLC areas focused on in the questionnaire.

Additionally, the methodology for calculating flag and recognized organization (RO) performance, used for the targeting of ships for inspection, is currently being reviewed.

The committee agreed to move towards a new scheme to replace the current White-Grey-Black List and RO performance List in the near future.

The committee adopted the 2016 annual report, including the White, Grey and Black List and the performance list of recognized organizations and informed that the lists will be published in early June and used for targeting purposes from July 1, 2017. Moreover, the annual report will be published by the end of July this year.

Paris MoU said that the number of ships which have been refused access to the region after multiple detentions has increased from eleven to twenty. Five ships have been refused access for the second time. This is said to demonstrate the effectiveness of the new inspection regime.

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