On 1st August 2018, Tokyo-MOU and the Paris-MOU has issued a press release on the Joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) related to the implementation of Annex VI "Regulations for the Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships" of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL).
The CIC will be carried out by the Maritime Authorities of Tokyo-MOU and Paris-MOU for three months from 1st September 2018 to 30th November 2018 with objectives as follows:
- Establish the level of compliance with the requirements of MARPOL Annex VI within the shipping industry;
- Create awareness amongst ships’ crew and ship owners with regard to the importance of compliance with the provisions of MARPOL Annex VI and the prevention of air pollution;
- Send a signal to the industry that prevention of air pollution and enforcement of compliance with applicable requirements is high on the agenda of both MoU member States; and
- Underline the responsibility of the Port State Control regime with regards to harmonised enforcement of compliance with the requirements of MARPOL Annex VI, thus improving the level of compliance and ensuring a level playing field.
Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use a list of 11 questions to assure that equipment carried onboard complies with the relevant statutory certificates, the master and officers are qualified and familiar with operations and that equipment is properly maintained and functioning.
If deficiencies are found, actions by the port State may vary from recording a deficiency and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period of time to detaining the ship until the serious deficiencies have been rectified. In the case of detention, publication in the monthly detention lists of the Tokyo-MOU and Paris-MOU web sites will take place.
The results of the CIC will be analyzed and reported to the Tokyo-MOU’s and Paris-MOU’s governing bodies for submission to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
Detailed guidelines for shipping companies and vessels to be prepared for the CIC are contained in Sea-going Ship Technical Information No. 011TI/18TB dated 1st August 2018 and No. 012TI/18TB dated 2nd August 2018 of the Vietnam Register.