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Leading Port State Control Regimes Launch Fire Safety Campaign

Mike Schuler
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August 2, 2023

Two of the world’s largest port state control regimes are launching a joint inspection campaign related to fire safety on board vessels.

The Tokyo MOU and Paris MOU will hold the three-month inspection campaign from September through November this year, focussing on specific areas related to fire safety.

The campaign aims to raise awareness among ship crew and owners about fire safety measures and ensure compliance with relevant IMO fire safety requirements.

Port State Control Officers will use a questionnaire to assess fire-fighting systems, crew familiarity with fire safety operations, and proper maintenance and functioning of equipment.

When deficiencies are found, port state actions may range from recording and instructing the master to rectify them within a certain period of time to detaining the ship until serious deficiencies are fixed. If detained, the Tokyo and Paris MoU websites will publish the ship’s name in their monthly detention lists.

Each ship will be subject to only one inspection during the campaign period.

The campaign results will be analyzed and presented to the governing bodies of both MOUs for possible submission to the IMO.

The Paris MOU is made up of 27 participating maritime Administrations and covers European coastal States and the North Atlantic basin from North America to Europe. Each year, its members carry out more than more than 17,000 port state control inspections on foreign ships, ensuring they meet international safety, security and environmental standards, and that crew members have adequate living and working conditions. Its members include Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Russian Federation is currently suspended.

The Tokyo MOU represents maritime Authorities in the Asia-Pacific region. It currently has 21 members, including Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Fiji, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

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