Compliance with MARPOL annex VI “satisfactory” says Paris MoU

At the 52nd Committee meeting of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (Paris MoU) on Port State Control, held in St. Petersburg from May 13th to 17th, the Committee considered the report of the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex VI. The CIC was carried out from September to November 2018. The general conclusion was that the overall compliance with MARPOL Annex VI had been satisfactory. The meeting was chaired by Brian Hogan.

The Committee reminded the industry to ensure that a fuel change-over procedure was provided on board and used as required and that bunker delivery notes were kept on board for a minimum of three years.

The Committee approved the questionnaire for the CIC on Emergency Systems and Procedures to be carried out jointly with the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding on port state control. The CIC will be carried out from September to November 2019 and the questionnaire will be published in August.

The Committee discussed the issue of access to PSC data by third parties and agreed this would require further consideration at the next Committee meeting.

The Committee adopted the 2018 Annual Report, including the White, Grey and Black List and the performance list of recognised organizations. Those always-eagerly-awaited lists will be published in early June. They will be used for targeting purposes from July 1st.

The Committee noted that there had been a considerable decrease in the number of ships which had been detained in the Paris MoU region, reducing the detention percentage from 3.87% in 2017 to 3.15% in 2018.

A new methodology is to be used to calculate flag state performance, based on the average detention rate and recognised organization (RO) fleet performance based on detainable deficiencies. When the new methodology is implemented, performance tables will be listed alphabetically and categorized as high, medium and low performance.