No oil tanker of 5, 000 dwt or more carrying heavy grades of oil as cargo, irrespective of its flag, may enter or leave an EU port or offshore installation or anchor in an area under the jurisdiction of an EU Member State (including for ship-to-ship transfer operations, bunkering, crew changes, storing, etc. ), unless it is double-hulled. Single-hull oil tankers of 600 dwt or more but less than 5, 000 dwt can continue operating until the anniversary in 2008 of their delivery date. The ban is an interim measure pending the complete phasing-out of all single-hull tankers. (See also questions on Condition Assessment Scheme in Section D. )

 

A more detailed inspection must be carried out, including further checking of compliance with on-board operational requirements, if the Port State Control Officer has clear grounds for believing, after the initial inspection, that the condition of a ship or of its equipment or crew does not substantially meet the relevant requirements of a Convention. "Clear grounds" will exist when the PSCO finds evidence which in his professional judgment warrants a more detailed inspection of the ship, its equipment or its crew.

For example: costs of hiring a tug to refloat a stranded ship with cargo onboard; cost of discharging cargo in order to refloat a stranded ship or to carry out repairs at a port of refuge; salvage costs; agency fees at a port of refuge; surveyors' fees; warehousing charges; port charges; master's and crew's wage while a ship is being repaired; and Average Adjuster's fee.

 

The Ship Security Officer (SSO) should advise the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) without delay. The PFSO should undertake an assessment of the situation in consultation with the SSO and agree on appropriate security measures with the ship, which may include completion and signing of a Declaration of Security. Any costs entailed in additional security measures would be settled by the ship.

Lists of flag States ranked according to the number of detentions of ships flying their flags following port State control inspections in the Paris MoU region during the last three years. The Black List lists flag State with a significantly worse-than-average detention record, the White List lists flag States with a significantly better-than-average detention and the Grey List lists flag States with a detention record which is neither significantly better-than- average nor significantly worse-than-average. The lists are published on 1 July annually in the Paris MoU Annual Report.