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Ministerial Conference Declaration Gives Guidelines for the Future for Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU PSC

 

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