The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation is meeting this week in London.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation is meeting this week in London. BIMCO made a submission regarding port state control implementation in practice. Here, BIMCO presented the results of a recent study conducted among BIMCO owner members on experiences on board vessels of port state control inspections globally. This survey encompassed almost 4,000 port state controls. The main finding was that the absolute majority of all port state controls 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 and is having, and will seek, constructive dialogue with the relevant IMO members.
After a long debate where all the speakers acknowledged the problems related to corruption, it was decided to continue the discussion at a later stage after BIMCO has submitted more information.
This is an issue related to fair treatment of seafarers, seen in light of the fact that corruption leads to criminalisation of seafarers. BIMCO therefore also raised the issue in the IMO Legal Committee a few weeks ago.