Cargo Ship MV Acorus Banned from Paris MoU for One Year

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MV Acorus. Photo: Paris MoU

The Moldovan-flagged cargo ship MV Acorus has been banned from the Paris MoU for a period of one year due to repeat offenses.

The MV Acorus was detained in Piraeus, Green earlier this month during a re-inspection for lifting the refusal of access order, which was imposed in July 2017. The detention was second against the vessel in 36 months.

The ship flies the flag of Moldova, which is black on the current Paris MoU White-Grey-Black list.

“Therefore under the provisions of section 4 of the Paris MoU, Article 16 of EU Council Directive 2009/16/EC, the ship will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region, except a port and anchorage of the ship’s flag State,” the Paris MoU said in a statement. “This refusal of access will become applicable immediately after the ship is authorized to leave this port and anchorage.”

Since this is the second detention, the ship will be banned from the Paris MoU region for a period of 12 months.

The Paris MoU on Port State Control consists of 27 participating maritime Administrations covering European coastal States and the North Atlantic basin from North America to Europe.

Current member States include Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom