The background to the adoption by the European Community of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Port State Control in 1982 is described. The MOU was intended to ensure that ships calling at the region's ports were complying with the internationally agreed regime of maritime safety and antipollution conventions and regulations. Statistics for 1987, however, show that deficiencies and problems with substandard ships have not only failed to decrease in number, they have risen. The organizational structure of the Port State Committee and the inspection procedures followed are discussed. Although professional judgment is a key factor, no uniform inspection routines have as yet been worked out. Seminars for inspectors, however, are held annually. The article concludes with a discussion of the ambiguity of certain statements in the MOU that concern non-convention vessels, of enforcement powers in relation to the MOU, and of trends in deficiencies.

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    • Journal article; ship safety standards enforcement
  • Publication Date: 1988-11

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  • Accession Number: 00656211
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM