The New Inspection Regime (NIR) of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding
As of 01 January 2011, the Paris MoU New Inspection Regime (NIR) will take effect. With the introduction of the NIR the Paris MoU will change its target of inspecting 25% of individual ships calling at each member State to a shared commitment for full coverage of inspecting all ships visiting ports and anchorages in the PMoU region as a whole.
The explanatory NIR text can be found here.
Notification of expanded inspection
To shipowners, operators, masters, agents
In accordance with Regulation No. 266 of the Minister of Economic Affairs and Communications of 29 December 2003 (entry into force 10 January 2004) “Procedure for inspecting and detaining ships flying foreign flags, and formats of reports of inspection and detention”, and article 7 (3) of EU Directive 95/21:
(1) The following ships shall be eligible for an expanded inspection:
1) gas and chemical tankers older than 10 years of age;
2) bulk carriers older than 12 years of age;
3) oil tankers of more than GT 3000 and more than 15 years of age;
4) passenger ships more than 15 years of age, excluding ro-ro passenger ships and high speed passenger craft operating on a regular schedule.
(2) An expanded inspection shall be carried out upon the arrival of a ship in port if 12 months have passed since the previous expanded inspection. If deemed appropriate the inspection may be continued while the ship is on passage to or from the port in the Member State, with the consent of the shipmaster or the operator. Inspectors must not obstruct the operation of the ship, nor must they induce situations that, in the master's judgment, could endanger the safety of the passengers, the crew and the ship.
(3) A ship that has been subjected to an expanded inspection may be inspected in accordance with the regular inspection procedure in the next 12 months between two expanded inspections.
(4) The Estonian Maritime Administration shall ensure that an expanded inspection is carried out at an Estonian port on a ship to which paragraph 1 applies and which has a target factor of 7 or more after a period of 12 months since the previous expanded inspection.
(5) The operator, shipmaster or agent of a ship included in the abovenamed list shall, in case the ship calls at an Estonian port 12 months after the previous expanded inspection, submit the following information to the Estonian Maritime Administration:
1) name of the ship;
2) flag state;
3) IMO number (if available);
5) year of construction as determined on the basis of the date indicated in the ship's safety certificates;
6) for tankers, configuration (single hull, single hull with segregated ballast tanks (SBT) or double hull) and the condition of cargo and ballast tanks (full, empty, inerted), as well as the nature and volume of cargo;
7) estimated time of arrival in port of destination;
8) estimated duration of the call;
9) planned operations at the port of destination (loading, unloading other);
10) planned statutory survey inspections and substantial maintenance and repair work to be carried out whilst in the port of destination.
(6) The information specified in paragraph 5 shall be provided at least three days prior to the estimated arrival of the ship in the port or immediately after leaving the previous port of call in case the voyage is expected to take fewer than three days.
Any ship not complying with the notification requirements shall be subject to an expanded inspection at the port of destination irrespective of the target factor and the time of the previous inspection.