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31 August 2016
The Department of Merchant Shipping recently issued circulars to owners, bareboat charterers and managers of ships flying the Cyprus flag to draw their attention to concentrated inspection campaigns that will be carried out by maritime authorities under the:
The concentrated inspection campaign under the Paris Memorandum of Understanding will assess compliance with the minimum standards for on-board working and living conditions prescribed by the Maritime Labour Convention 2006. The inspection will run from the beginning of September until the end of November 2016, during which time port state control officers will use a detailed standardised checklist to examine the procedures and measures in place regarding the Maritime Labour Convention's prescribed standards. Further, port state control officers will:
The concentrated inspection campaign to be undertaken under the Tokyo, Mediterranean and Black Sea memoranda of understanding will focus on arrangements for securing cargo. In particular, they will:
This concentrated inspection campaign will also run from the beginning of September until the end of November 2016, during which time port state control officers will use a detailed standardised checklist to examine ships' procedures and practices regarding cargo-securing arrangements.
The Department of Merchant Shipping has urged owners, operators and managers of Cyprus ships to take all appropriate actions required to demonstrate compliance with the concentrated inspection campaign, noting that in the event of serious deficiencies being found, a vessel may be detained until they are rectified.
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