Paris MoU has agreed on the inspection campaign for the Maritime Labour Convention in 2016.

Officially opened by the Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) held its 48th Committee meeting in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands from 18-22 May 2015, chaired by Brian Hogan.

Of particular importance was the Concentration Inspection Campaigns (CICs), as well as the Tokyo MoU, and a CIC on Crew Familiarisation for Enclosed Space Entry, which are scheduled from September to November this year.

After the MLC came into force in 2006, in 2013 the Committee decided on carrying out a CIC in 2016 to authenticate compliance with he convention. So far, the questionnaire and guidelines for this CIC have been completed and adopted by the Paris MoU committee.

In conversation with Richard Schiferli, secretary general at Paris MoU, he explained that the “MLC 2006 would cover most areas of the convention, which includes 14 areas currently.”

He added, “Only commercial yachts will be subject to the CIC, when they are due for a PSC inspection, and when deficiencies are found in one area the inspection can also be extended to other areas.”

Schiferli emphasised the importance to the Paris MoU of decent working and living conditions on board ships, as well as ensuring that seafarers’ rights are respected.

The report of the CIC on STCW hours of rest, carried out in September to November of 2014, was presented to PSCC48, the results of which raised concerns that during the CIC, which was publicised in advance, there 912 deficiencies recorded related specifically to STCW hours of rest, with 16 ships detained as a result.

In attendance were the European Commission, EMSA, Montenegro, observers from the International Labour Organisation, US Coast Guard, Vina del Mar Agreement, Tokyo MoU, Carribbean MoU, Mediterranean MoU, Indian Ocean MoU, Abuja MoU and Black Sea MoU.

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