January 24 2006
Paris MOU in pollution prevention crack down
The twenty-two maritime authorities of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control are to start a concentrated inspection campaign focusing on how MARPOL73/78 Annex 1 requirements for preventing marine pollution from ships are being implemented.
The inspection campaign will last 3 months, ending on 30 April 2006.
During every port state control inspection within the Paris MOU region (EU Members plus Canada, Croatia, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation), the oil filtering equipment and record keeping will be verified in more detail for compliance with the international standards.
The campaign will be carried out in parallel with a similar campaign by the Tokyo MOU on Port State Control.
The inspections will mainly focus on the equipment located in the engine room on board. Inspections in the past have indicated that illegal by-passes of the oil filtering system (OFE) and illegal overboard connections from sludge tanks have been found regularly.
On many occasions oil record books were found to be not properly kept. In 2004 a total of 3,646 MARPOL Annex 1 deficiencies were found in during inspections.
During the campaign, port state control officers will use a list of 13 selected items for inspection, some of which are related to:
Alarm and automatic stopping devise of the oil filtering equipment