The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation discussed among other issues flag state control and problems mainly related to corruption, disrespect and incompetence.
Earlier this year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation discussed among other issues flag state control and problems mainly related to corruption, disrespect and incompetence. At the meeting, BIMCO presented a submission regarding port state control implementation in practice. This intervention was based on a study conducted amongst BIMCO owner members regarding actual experiences on board vessels of port state control inspections globally. This survey encompassed almost 4,000 inspections.
The main finding in the survey was that the vast majority of port state control inspections were considered to be implemented professionally, but the survey also stressed that there are problems with sub-standard port state control in some coastal states, especially in connection with corruption and competence. These problems are concentrated in certain parts of the world.
BIMCO did not highlight the individual coastal states, but illuminated the problem in general. Instead, at the IMO meeting the organization announced its intention to seek a constructive dialogue with the relevant IMO members.
With that in mind, BIMCO has now contacted the relevant IMO members representing the bulk of the problems registered in the survey, and hopes that this awareness could support developments towards better port state control all over the world.
BIMCO will now consider how to bring this forward at the next IMO Sub-Committee meeting on Flag State Implementation in 2010.