Paris MoU focuses attention on sulphur emissions

  • Published: 24/09/2018 by: Bjarte Amble

Through Port State controls, the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) will carry out a so-called Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) this autumn in order to check the companies’ compliance with applicable emission requirements.

This year's campaign is held from 1 September to 30 November. If the vessel is subject to a port State control during this period, the inspector will go through a separate checklist with eleven questions. The campaign will be carried out jointly with the Tokyo MoU. The checklist was made available in August to give the industry time to prepare.

The aim for the Tokyo and Paris MoUs is to carry out approximately 10,000 inspections during the campaign period.

The checklist can be read here

In connection with the coming into force of even stricter requirements for sulphur emissions on 1 January 2020, the Paris MoU will start an information campaign. The campaign will commence on 1 January 2019, and is meant to send a clear signal to the industry that the port State controls will enforce the new sulphur emission requirements from day 1.



In the period from 1 September to 30 November 2017, port State control officers carried out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign on safety of navigation, including ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System). The campaign was carried out jointly with the Tokyo MoU.

“The safety of navigation requirements were generally met on board the ships inspected. Nevertheless, the lack of voyage planning is an area of concern,” Paris MoU states in a press release.

A total of 4027 vessels were inspected using the campaign checklist. 47 of these were detained for CIC-related deficiencies. 25 of the detained ships were ordinary cargo ships.


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