Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

Mediterranean inspection warning this season- yachts are included

by Stuart Biesel, The Triton/Sail-World Cruising on 6 Apr 2011
Inspections in the Med not to be ruled out this summer - yachts in Favignana in Sicily .. .
There is quite a stir in the air these days about the Paris Memorandum of Understanding and vessels being detained in the Mediterranean. There are Flag State circulars, various management company memos, e-mails and media articles all warning of charter disruptions, cancellations and all kinds of disasters to come.

Let’s have a look at the who, what, where and why of the Paris MoU and how this may impact yachts in the Mediterranean this summer.


The Paris MoU is an agreement among 27 countries to share the responsibilities of inspecting ships entering their region for compliance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations. It went into effect Jan. 1.

The aim of the MoU is to share the inspection workload and to create an electronic database of all ships entering the region, which is shared and monitored by all member states. The program and database is known as THETIS, The Hybrid European Targeting and Inspection System.

The Paris MoU applies to everyone, commercial or private, regardless of tonnage. Everyone has always been subject to inspection by the mere fact of having entered the waters of another country.

With the Paris MoU, however, all vessels entering the region are targeted to be inspected in order create a history in the database. Once a vessel is in the system, depending on the outcome of the initial inspection and the flag it flies, the vessel may not be subject to inspection again for up to 36 months.

Per the regulation, no vessel is subject to re-inspection sooner than six months.

Yachts have traditionally enjoyed a low profile with PSC authorities around the world and have generally been considered a low priority for inspection. However, under THETIS, any vessel that does not have an inspection history in the region is automatically assigned as 'Priority 1: (Unknown Ship)' requiring a 'More Detailed Inspection' at the earliest opportunity.

Yachts travelling to the Med this summer who have never been inspected are very likely going to be inspected by the PSC of one of the signing countries when it enters port.
The authorities are required to do so within 15 days of a vessel’s entry; though they are permitted to not inspect 5 percent of visiting vessels.

If a vessel is noncompliant with any aspect of the codes applicable to them during the inspection, two things can happen. First, the vessel may receive deficiencies much as it would on a standard Flag State survey, or the vessel may be detained.

Both of these outcomes are unfavorable as there now becomes a permanent public record of the vessel’s deficiencies, which can affect the extent and frequency of future inspections.

A captain who stays on top his vessel’s documents, inspections, logbooks and maintenance has little to worry about.

Those who are unfamiliar with their safety management system or are behind on drills, logbook entries, maintenance or paperwork could have an unfavorable outcome come inspection day.

For more information, the Paris MoU has created a Web site with details about the program at www.parismou.org.

Sail-World Cruising thanks www.thetriton.com!The_Triton, where this article was first printed.

The author, Stuart Biesel, is managing director of MTSI, Megayacht Technical Services International, a regulatory consultancy and ISM/ISPS management company based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

North Technology - Southern Sparsupffront 660x82Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Reducing weight aloft with composite backstays
Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Reducing weight aloft is one of the most cost effective ways of increasing your boat speed and performance. Every kilogram you take out of the rig is roughly equivalent to 4kg added to the bottom of your keel!
Posted on 26 Jul
Free $US3,000 Carbon Vang with SouthernFurl boom orders in July
Southern Spars is giving a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July Southern Spars is giving away a free carbon vang - valued at US$3,000 - with all of their SouthernFurl in-boom furlers ordered in July. Carbon gas vangs make a great addition to the furling boom package, though if you’d prefer to keep your existing one, Southern Spars will offer you a 5% discount on the price of your boom instead.
Posted on 29 Jun
Newport Bermuda Race - High Noon takes honours
As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, As the Newport Bermuda Race fleet rushed to the finish line on Monday in the wake of the first-to-finish boat, the powerful 100-foot grand prix Comanche, to the surprise of many they were led by an unusual boat and crew. High Noon, at 41 feet, is fully 59 feet shorter than Comanche and tens of feet shorter than many other entries.
Posted on 22 Jun
Platino recovery - Family confirms that tug has made rendezvous
Reports in social media say a salvage tug has made a rendezvous with the Platino earlier than expected. Reports in social media by family and friends of Nick Saull, the crew member killed during a catastrophic incident abroad the 66ft yacht Platino say the salvage tug which left on Tuesday night has made the rendezvous earlier than expected. The Facebook report says the tug, Sea Pelican, arrived on Friday morning, the weather in the area has eased and with a more favorable outlook.
Posted on 16 Jun
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron to ban bottled water
Approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. The RQYS Management Committee has confirmed that approval has been given to create a ban on bottled water that comes in plastic containers. This will place the club as a leader in environmental impact management in Australia and around the world. The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club earlier this year did likewise. Who’s next?
Posted on 16 Jun
SouthernFurl In-Boom furling systems withstand Sydney Hobart test
Southern Spars design team have developed the SouthernFurl Boom smaller budgets and yachts from 35-70 feet. Have you ever scared your family when you got stuck with too much sail up when you should be reefed? Southern Spars’ range of SouthernFurl booms are the answer – letting you reduce sail quickly and easily without leaving the safety of the cockpit.
Posted on 23 May
2016 Garda Trentino Olympic Week - Day 4
Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2016 draws near to the conclusion: the weather once again proves difficult. Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2016 draws near to the conclusion: the weather once again proves difficult. Tomorrow the medal race is scheduled for the Lasers and another two races for the three paralympic classes.
Posted on 13 May
CCA presents RCC Award to Scott and Mary Flanders
CCA has announced that Scott and Mary Flanders are the recipients of the organization’s 2015 Royal Cruising Club Trophy. The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has announced that Scott and Mary Flanders are the recipients of the organization’s 2015 Royal Cruising Club Trophy.
Posted on 22 Apr
Cyclone Winston Relief Fund – Help the people of Fiji
Sea Mercy is sending volunteer fleet of small and large vessels, loaded with shelter, food and medical supplies to Fiji. Sea Mercy is once again sending our volunteer fleet of small and large vessels, loaded with shelter, food, water and medical supplies and teams to Fiji.
Posted on 27 Feb
Golden Globe Race - 30 sailors from 12 countries named for challenge
Sailors from America, Britain and France head the preliminary entry list for the 2018 Golden Globe solo round the world Sailors from America, Britain and France head the preliminary entry list for the 2018 Golden Globe solo round the world race. The 29 men and one woman – have each paid an initial A$3,000 entry fee. Other entrants hail from Austria, Australia, Brazil, Estonia, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Palestine, Russia and Switzerland.
Posted on 18 Feb