Port State Control – Concentrated Campaign on MLC
It has been announced that Port State Control (Paris MOU) will be having a concentrated inspection campaign of the MLC 2006 from 1st September until 30th November, 2016. Please see the press release below for more details.
28 July 2016
LAUNCH OF CONCENTRATED INSPECTION
CAMPAIGN ON MLC,2006
The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a
Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006
(MLC,2006). The aim of the CIC is to verify that the minimum standards for working
and living conditions have been implemented on board. This inspection campaign will
be held for a period of three months, commencing from 1 September 2016 and
ending 30 November 2016.
The ship’s procedures and measures that are in place with respect to MLC,2006 will
be checked in detail for compliance with the requirements during a regular Port State
Secretary General Richard Schiferli stated: “Working and living conditions on board
have always been a prime area of attention. With the introduction of the MLC
enforcement opportunities have greatly improved. Three years after the entry into
force, the time is right to focus on the MLC during a concentrated inspection
Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use a list of 12 selected questions to ensure
that the required certificates and documentation are present, in particular those
related to the seafarers on board. Additionally there are questions aimed at
verification of records of the inspections of the accommodation, food and catering,
and whether a safety committee has been established.
When 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 serious deficiencies have been rectified. In the case of
detention, publication in the monthly detention lists of the Paris MoU web sites will
It is expected that the Paris MoU will carry out approximately 4,500 inspections
during the CIC.
The results of the campaign will be analyzed and findings will be presented to the
Port State Control Committee. The CIC questionnaire on MLC, 2006 is also
published on the Paris MoU website (http://www.parismou.org/)
Mr. Richard W.J. Schiferli
Secretary General Paris MoU
on Port State Control
PO Box 16191
2500 BD The Hague
Tel: +31 (0)70 456 1509
Fax: +31 (0)70 456 1599
Notes to editors:
Regional Port State Control was initiated in 1982 when fourteen European countries agreed to coordinate
their port State inspection effort under a voluntary agreement known as the Paris
Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU). Currently 27 countries are
member of the Paris MOU. The European Commission, although not a signatory to the Paris MOU,
is also a member of the Committee.
The Paris MoU is supported by a central database THETIS hosted and operated by the European
Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon. Inspection results are available for search and daily updating by
MoU Members. Inspection results can be consulted on the Paris MoU public website and are
published on the Equasis website.
The Secretariat of the MoU is provided by the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the
Environment and located in The Hague.
Port State Control is a check on visiting foreign ships to verify their compliance with international
rules on safety, pollution prevention and seafarers living and working conditions. It is a means of
enforcing compliance in cases where the owner and flag State have failed in their responsibility to
implement or ensure compliance. The port State can require defects to be put right, and detain the
ship for this purpose if necessary. It is therefore also a port State’s defence against visiting