September 14, 2010
EU to name and shame shipowners with poor port state control record
From January 1, 2011 the European Union will implement new port state control rules.
According to the European Commission, the EU countries have already harmonized port state control inspection standards. But from next January there will also be, for the first time, a full coordination of all the port state safety inspections carried out in the EU.
The new EU wide system will rely on an advanced information tool known as "THETIS" (operated by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
THETIS will track all safety inspections on ships carried out in ports in the EU and provide a risk analysis that will determine the frequency and priorities for inspections by the authorities of EU member states.
Regulations adopted yesterday by the Commission specify the criteria for assessing the risk profile of ships using company performance and the flag state performance as determined using THETIS.
The new rules will also see the introduction on from January 1st 2011, a new online register to "to name and shame" shipping companies that are performing poorly on port state controls inspections, while shipowners with strong safety records will be given good public visibility.
Companies and states that show up as performing poorly will be subject to more intensive, coordinated inspections in EU ports.