New port State control system from 1 January 2011
On 1 January 2011, a new port State control system will be introduced in the Paris MoU cooperation, which includes – in addition to the EU member States – Canada, Iceland, Croatia, Norway and Russia. The new system is called the New Inspection Regime (NIR). In the EU countries, the system will be implemented through the new directive on port State control, 2009/16/EC. In Iceland, the system will be implemented through the order on port State control.
The system replaces the previous port State control regime, which is based on random checks. NIR contains several new elements, such as:
- Periodic inspection of all ships calling at Paris MoU ports. The inspections will be targeted according to a Ship Risk Profile so that “risky” ships are inspected frequently, while “good” ships are inspected less frequently. More information about the Ship Risk Profile is available and more information about the inspection intervals is available here.
- New requirements on the notification of calls. As something new, the actual time of arrival and departure must also be notified in connection with calls. Though the notifications are in principle the same in the entire Paris MoU region, the procedures can vary from one country to another. In connection with calls at Icelandic ports, the notification requirements are laid down in order no. 1021 of 26 August 2010 on technical regulation on a vessel traffic monitoring and information system in Icelandic waters and ports. Lack of notification can result in extra inspections and, possibly, fines.
- Focus on Company Performance – determined as deficiencies and detentions at port State control inspections in the Paris MoU region – will be included in the overall evaluation of a Ship Risk Profile. A list of shipping companies with a low performance rate will be published. The Company Performance – determined as deficiencies and detentions at port State control inspections in the Paris MoU region – will be included in the overall evaluation of a Ship Risk Profile. A list of shipping companies with a low performance rate will be published.
On the Paris MoU webpage (www.parismou.org), information about the New Inspection Regime is available under “New Inspection Regime”. Here, you can, for example, find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) as well as calculation models making it possible for a shipping company to find a specific Ship Risk Profile and Company Performance rate.