If you are planning a trip around the Mediterranean this summer, beware of how the new Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) impacts yachts. Put into effect January 1, 2011, the Paris MoU is an agreement among 27 countries to share inspection responsibilities of ships entering their region. Though yachts have always maintained a low profile with port authorities around the world, the Paris MoU applies to all travelers, including commercial and private vessels.
The mission of the Paris MoU is “to eliminate the operation of sub-standard ships through a harmonized system of port State control,” reports parismou.org. They do this by ensuring that foreign ships meet international safety, security and environmental standards in accordance with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations.
Another reason behind the recent agreement is to activate THETIS, The Hybrid European Targeting and Inspection System, an electronic database of all entering ships.
Yachts that do not possess an inspection history are at a greater risk, flagged by the Paris MoU has “unknown ships”. For these yachts, they may expect a “Priority 1” handling, requiring a detailed inspection within 15 days of entry.
If yachts do not comply, the Paris MoU will detain vessels, leading to charter disruptions, cancellations and unplanned expenses. To avoid trouble on your Mediterranean summer vacation, make sure your yacht is compliant with Paris MoU standards. Take precautions to organize all vessel documents, previous inspections, logbooks and maintenance information.
Stuart Biesel for The Triton said if you follow the procedures, checklists and exercises required by Flag State, classification society, SOLAS, safety management systems and particularly MARPOL, you will have little to worry about.
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