TALLINN – From the beginning of September until the end of November, the ship supervision inspectors of the Estonian Transport Administration will check compliance with the requirements for working at sea on ships sailing under the flag of a foreign country that visit Estonian ports.
This is part of the annual Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC), which is carried out in 27 countries of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (Paris MoU), spokespeople for the Transport Administration said on Thursday.
The Paris MoU, of which Estonia is also a member, is a document with which 27 maritime-related countries agree to implement the port state control system. Each year, the Paris MoU prepares questionnaires for the CIC, on the basis of which ships are additionally inspected during routine inspections.
The theme of this year's CIC is working at sea. More specifically, the focus is on the organization of seafarers' training, certification and guard duty. In addition, attention is paid to the planning of the ship's journey.
Estonia has been a member of the Paris MoU since 2005. Approximately 260 foreign-flagged ships visiting Estonian ports are inspected annually.
Estonia is on the Paris MoU's white list, which shows the high level of maritime safety of ships sailing under the national flag of Estonia, the commitment of shipowners to its improvement and the successful work of the Transport Administration in ensuring that ships comply with all international and domestic requirements.