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.

 

A rule in major IMO conventions that, when inspecting a ship flying the flag of a State which is not a party to the Convention, Port State Control Officers must ensure that the treatment of such a ship and its crew is not more favourable than that of a ship flying the flag of a State party to that Convention. For example, many States have not yet ratified or acceded to MARPOL Annex VI, but ships flying their flags will still be required to meet the requirements of Annex VI to pass port State control inspections.

 

An organisation with appropriate expertise in security matters and with appropriate knowledge of ship and port operations authorized to carry out an assessment, or a verification, or an approval or a certification activity, required by SOLAS chapter XI-2 or by part A of the ISPS Code. RSOs can be approved by flag State Administrations to: (1) carry out ship security assessments; (2) prepare ship security plans; (3) review and approve ship security plans, or amendment to Plans; and (4) carry out initial and subsequent verifications of ships. RSOs approved by some flag States include classification societies and private security firms.

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.

(1) Under Regulation 11: answer all questions as to health conditions on board put to him by a customs officer or authorised officer on arrival in port or if  already in port; (2) under Regulation 13: report, before arrival, any infectious disease, etc. on board; and, (3) under Regulation 15: if there was anything to report under Reg. 13, complete a Maritime Declaration of Health.

A signed undertaking given by cargo receivers stating that, in return for delivery to them or to their order of the goods noted in the bond, they agree to pay the proper proportion of any general average charges (and salvage or special charges) which may thereafter be ascertained to be due from the goods. Lloyd's Average Bond form (LAB 77) is normally used.

 

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