The general cargo ship “ALI B” (ex “ANNA MARIA”) with IMO N° 8418253, flying the BELIZE Flag, coming from TENES (ALGERY) arrived in the port of ‘Marina di Carrara’, Italy on 13 November 2016 for cargo operations (marble chips and blocks). The ship was allocated with Priority 2 in the information system, due to outstanding deficiencies (16) according to the previous port state control inspection (in Portugal). No surveys or repairs were planned for the port call. On 14 November the Maritime Authority of ‘Marina di Carrara’ received information about a complaint by the deck cadet regarding the captain’s refusal of payment of due wages. This complaint was already reported to ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation). The PSC team went on board, together with ITF inspectors, taking the current CIC on MLC matters into account. During the first approach the Port State Control inspectors noticed the unsafe gangway hanging outside the quay with a broken net and without any required marking. The inspection was suspended and continued on the next day. When the PSCOs left the ship, after more than 20 hours of inspection, the total number of recorded deficiencies was forty-three (43). Thirty (30) of them were ground for detention


    MV "HUANGHAI DEVELOPER" with IMO number 9458444 flying the Hong Kong flag, arrived at Hamburg - Germany on 9th of August 2016 for cargo operation. No survey or repair work was planned for the port call. In the morning of 10th August 2016 two PSCOs boarded the PI/TW vessel to carry out an INITIAL INSPECTION as requested by the Paris MOU inspection regime. During the approach to the vessel the first impression was not that bad. The paint of the hull seemed to be in an acceptable condition and no damage of the hull could be observed. At this time both PSCOs had no idea that they would spend all day on board the vessel to perform an inspection and fight against language barriers with the Chinese crew. The first deficiency was already recorded when the PSCOs stepped on the gangway. After recording the first four deficiencies the PSCOs changed the type of inspection from INITIAL to MORE DETAILED. When addressing any of the deficiencies to the crew nobody could explain when or why the specific deficiency occurred. The MV HUANGHAI DEVELOPER is not the worst ship the PSCOs had ever seen. But, she shows what happens to a just 3 years old vessel if the complete ISM system collapses caused by a total lack of maintenance and motivation. At the end of the day 24 deficiencies were recorded. 11 of them with ground for detention. The vessel was arrested for 3 days before she was allowed to continue her voyage. Read the full Caught in the Net report for more details.


    M/V ARFETISALLE flying the DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO flag, with IMO: 8509038 called at the port of Kalamata (Greece) on the 26th of January 2016 for bunkering and berthed early the next day on 27th January. The ship, according to the THETIS database and the Paris MoU procedures, was eligible for an initial (IN) or more detailed (MD) inspection and was indicated as Priority I (PI). The inspection team consisted of two PSCO’s who visited the vessel on the 27th of January 2016. Before the embarkation the PSCO’s proceed the appropriate check of the external condition of the hull, the draft marks and the other basic/unique characteristics of the vessel such as her name, port of registry and IMO number. As the external condition of the vessel was at acceptable standards the PSCO’s couldn’t imagine what the situation, they finally faced during the inspection, on board of the ship was. A first impression already arose when the PSCO’s were not asked to identify themselves during the embarkation by the responsible crew member at the gangway. As a result, the first deficiency was noted. In general, during the more detailed inspection fifty-nine (59) deficiencies were found. Twenty-six (26) of them were considered as a clear ground for detention.

  • Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry 2015

    The Paris MoU on Port State Control carried out a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the Tokyo MoU on Port State Control on crew familiarization for enclosed space entry between 1 September and 30 November 2015. During the campaign, 27 Paris MoU and 20 Tokyo MoU member states focussed on compliance with the requirements regarding enclosed space entry requirements on inspected ships. This report documents the results of the campaign for the Paris MoU Maritime Authorities. Results for the Tokyo MoU Maritime Authorities are documented separately.

  • Infographic on Port State Control 2015

    See the highlights of the ParisMoU efforts captured in one picture.