• 2019 October 23 18:02

    Tokyo MOU accepted Panama as the 21st member authority

    The Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region, held its 30th meeting in Majuro, Marshall Islands, from 14 to 17 October 2019.

    The 30th meeting of the Committee was chaired by Mr. Alex Schultz-Altmann, Manager, Ship Inspection and Registration, Operations Division, Australian Maritime Safety Authority. The meeting was officially opened by Honorable Thomas Heine, Minister of Transportation, Communications & Information Technology of Marshall Islands.

    In his opening speech, Mr. Heine firstly appreciated the great opportunity for Marshall Islands to host the 30th Meeting of the Port State Control Committee of Tokyo MOU and welcomed all delegates to Majuro. Then, Mr. Heine stressed the importance of port State control for Marshall Islands from the view point that Majuro is a major fisheries trans-shipment port. He reconfirmed active participation in and full co-operation with Tokyo MOU by Marshall Islands.

    The 30th meeting of the Port State Control Committee was attended by the member Authorities of Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Fiji, Hong Kong (China), Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam; a co-operating member Authority of Panama; and observers of Macao (China), the United States Coast Guard, the Black Sea MOU(represented by Russian Federation), the Caribbean MOU (represented by Cayman Islands), the Indian Ocean MOU (represented by Australia), the Paris MoU (represented by Canada) and the Viña del Mar Agreement (represented by Chile). The member Authorities of Indonesia, Peru, Philippines, Vanuatu; a co-operating member Authority of Mexico and observers of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, the Abuja MOU, the Riyadh MOU, ILO and IMO were unable to attend.Prior to the Committee meeting, the 13th meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) was convened from 10 to 11 October 2019.

    The TWG meeting discussed matters relating to PSC technical procedures and guidelines, the Concentrated Inspection Campaigns, the information system and information exchange, evaluation of works done by intersessional technical groups and technical co-operation activities.

    Having completed a three-year term as a Co-operating Member Authority, Panama applied for a full membership of the Tokyo MOU. The Committee considered the application by Panama and the report of a fact finding mission, which confirmed full compliance with the qualitative membership criteria by Panama.

    In accordance with provision of the Memorandum, the Committee unanimously agreed to accept Panama as the 21st member Authority. The Committee considered and adopted amendments to the Memorandum relating to full membership of Panama. The Committee considered and revised the list of follow-up actions emanating from the Ministerial Declaration, “Safeguard Responsible and Sustainable Shipping” adopted at the Third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda on Port State Control, held in Vancouver, Canada, from 3 to 4 May 2017.

    As part of this consideration, the Committee discussed advisory information as part of an education campaign aimed at preventing marine casualties caused by cargoes. The Committee also examined draft guidelines on the inspection of ships covered under SOLAS Chapter I Regulation 4 aim at assisting Flag States in acting to ensure the safety of ships flying its flag. The Committee will continue to review and update the list based on the progress of actions and achievements of the member Authorities of the MOU and its Secretariat.

    The Committee considered and approved the final report of the CIC in 2018 on MARPOL Annex VI, which will be available on Tokyo MOU website in the near future. The Committee also considered and approved the general arrangements and preparations for the joint CIC with the Paris MoU on Stability in General in 2020. The Committee took note of ongoing preparation for the joint CIC on STCW in 2021. The Committee considered possible topics for future CICs and agreed to accept the proposal by the Paris MoU for carrying out a CIC on Fire Safety System in 2022.

    The Committee further considered and approved the amendments to the policy on joint CIC, which is harmonized with that of the Paris MoU. The Committee considered and agreed to conduct a trial on remote follow-up inspection approach, through which PSCOs would be able to verify and close, without physically visiting the vessel, certain deficiencies in specific circumstances where such a mechanism can be used where there is appropriate and reliable evidence of rectification of deficiencies. The exercise of such a mechanism will be solely at the discretion of the port State.

    Date and place of the next CommitteeThe 31st meeting of the Port State Control Committee will be held in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 16 to 19 November 2020.

2019 November 18

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17:54 Rosmorport supports 3rd Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging Congress as its General Sponsor
17:35 Columbia Threadneedle Investments and Brittany Ferries reach agreement to acquire Condor Ferries from Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
17:21 Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and Murmansk to host PORA discussion “Development of Water Transport Infrastructure in the Arctic” on Nov'26
17:05 ​Shearwater GeoServices awarded largest-ever 4D campaign in the Asia Pacific region by Woodside
16:35 HYUNDAI Merchant Marine joins “Getting to Zero Coalition”
16:20 Gazprom Neft reports 4.1-pct growth of bunker fuel production to 2.04 million tonnes in 9M’19
16:05 Essar Ports completes work on the Hazira-based Passenger Ferry Terminal
15:41 Epic Gas completes acquisition of 11,000 CBM Epic Sicily
15:37 Gazprom Neft increases net profit by 7% in 9M 2019
15:02 Port of Gdynia prepares to develop acquired land at Węgierskie Quay
14:39 Training for African women working in SAR operations held at Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Morocco
14:15 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to North Europe and Mediterranean
13:36 Container Terminal Saint-Petersburg allocated RUB 10.4 million under its 9M’2019 social and environmental programmes
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11:51 New national port operator WT Terminal established in the Freeport of Riga
11:09 Stena Line takes delivery of new ferry Stena Estrid
10:54 Series of eighth dry cargo carriers of Project RSD32M completed with delivery of Anatoly Nikolayev
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2019 November 17

16:12 Port of Dover wins ESPO Award 2019
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2019 November 16

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13:41 Third L-class delivered in China
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11:28 Mammoet inks agreement with Port of Coeymans Marine Terminal to strengthen presence along East Coast
10:18 Metal Sharks delivers pilot boat duo to BCMT

2019 November 15

18:09 Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Aida Perla passenger just off Ponce, Puerto Rico
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17:00 Composit supports 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies as its Sponsor
16:57 Ulstein unveils its concept of the first hydrogen powered offshore vessel
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16:14 IMO holds training on impacts of anti-fouling systems and ships’ biofouling on marine environment
15:39 Norway boosts IMO's GreenVoyage-2050 GHG project
15:11 New Wärtsilä Expertise Centre provides value-adding lifecycle support
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14:13 Georgia Ports Authority up 3.5 percent to 428,400 TEU in October 2019
13:13 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for m/v Medusa with Cargill
12:51 Multipurpose Reloading Complex reports 4-fold increase of allocations for environment protection to RUB 11.5 million
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