Ministerial Conference Declaration Gives Guidelines for the Future for Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU PSC05.06.2017
The Third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control took place in Vancouver, Canada, on 3-4 May 2017.
The conference was attended by ministers responsible for maritime safety of the countries whose maritime authorities are members of the Paris MoU and of the countries whose maritime authorities are members of the Tokyo MoU. The theme of the conference was “Safeguarding Responsible and Sustainable Shipping”, with a focus on joint efforts to eliminate sub-standard shipping and promoting a level playing field.
The Ministers recognised that Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU have taken serious steps to eliminate sub-standard ships in their regions through effective implementation of international legislation and risk based inspection regimes. The Ministers acknowledged that the ever growing number of environmental standards, safety and security regulations, and requirements for working and living conditions at sea create new challenges for Port State Control, therefore the issue of training is of utmost importance.
The advancements of modern technology have a considerable effect on the daily work of port state control. As a huge supporter of digitalisation, Estonia expressed the appreciation that the topic of electronic certificates is covered in the Declaration signed by the Ministers. A wider use of seafarers’ and ships’ electronic certificates will most definitely make PSC more efficient, at the same time reducing the amount of time that inspections take up.
The Estonian delegation was represented by Mr Rene Arikas, Director General of the Estonian Maritime Administration, and Mr Marek Rauk, Head of the Maritime Safety Division of the MA.
Mr Arikas signed the Declaration on behalf of Kadri Simson Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure
A Hundred Children at Hundipea Harbour to Celebrate European Maritime Day23.05.2017
On 20 May, the European Maritime Day was celebrated. It has become a nice tradition at the Estonian Maritime Administration to observe it by hosting students at Hundipea Harbour. This year, four groups of schoolchildren between ages 9 and 15 arrived at the MA office at Hundipea. In order to raise awareness of the importance of the maritime industry and popularise the maritime professions, the students were taken on a tour on the icebreaker Tarmo and MA employees talked to them about the everyday work of the Administration.
As summer is nearing, more and more people engage in water sports and enjoy recreational activities at sea and on lakes and rivers together with their families. Thus it is vital to stress the importance of maritime safety, so the children were given an overview of various aids to navigation. In addition, they were instructed how to use life jackets and the difference between types of life jackets was pointed out.
Visits to the MA and our ships have become rather popular among the youth, so MA specialists are hopeful that our message about maritime safety and the significance of the maritime field for our country is reaching wider audiences with the help of these events.
New Fairways Designed and Marked in Coastal Waters of Hiiumaa16.05.2017
This spring two new fairways for small craft were marked with floating aids in the coastal waters of Hiiumaa, the second largest island in Estonia.
The Kassari fairway begins at Heinlaid islet and heads westward between small islets near the southern coast of Hiiumaa. The width of the fairway is 100 to 200 m (30 m at its narrowest point) and the minimum depth is 2 m.
The Vissulaid fairway near the north-eastern coast of Hiiumaa was designed to help skippers avoid an extensive shoaly sea area which would otherwise have to be passed on the side of the open sea. In the deeper eastern part the fairway is 100 m wide, while the narrower western part is 40 m wide. The minimum depth is 2.9 m.
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