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The Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (CMOU) held its 20th Committee meeting in Bridgetown, Barbados from the 17th to the 19th of June, 2015, hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport of Barbados. During this meeting, the Committee unanimously approved the inclusion of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 as a Relevant Instrument of the CMOU.

The meeting was attended by fourteen of the fifteen member States and one associate member State with only Guyana not being able to attend. The observer States of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Haiti attended. In addition, the Regional Maritime Advisor of the IMO, the General Secretary of the PMOU and representatives from the United States Coast Guard, Lloyd ' s Register, the International Register of Shipping and the International Yacht Training Worldwide were in attendance.

Ambassador Dwight Gardiner, the Chairman of the CMOU and representative of Antigua and Barbuda, stated that " The addition of the MLC, 2006 as a relevant instrument of the CMOU will further strengthen the inspection capabilities of the member States of the CMOU thus ensuring that the welfare of seafarers working in our region are protected. "

France was unanimously accepted as a full member State of the CMOU, being an associate member since 2013. In addition, the CPSCC also approved the application of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as an associate member State of the CMOU.

The Technical Standing Working Group (TSWG) of the CMOU presented to the Committee and received approval of the following:

  • Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Crew Familiarisation and Enclosed Spaces for 2016;
  • Caribbean Cargo Ship Safety Code (CCSS), 2015;
  • Inclusion of Convention References on Inspection Reports; among others.
In addition to the approval of the MLC as a relevant instrument, the Committee approved the recommendations from the Finance and Administration Standing Working Group (FASWG) for policies with respect to the hosting of the Standing Work Group Meetings and the Inclusion of Conventions as Relevant Instruments of the CMOU.

Members were advised of the successful staging of the 7th Annual Port State Control Seminar in Cienfuegos, Cuba. Participants were provided with training on the CIC on Safety of Navigation and Hours of Work or Rest scheduled for September – November 2015. PSCOs participated in practical inspections on two bulk tankers. Following the seminar, two days of on-the-job training were held. Thanks were expressed to the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate for providing lecturers for the seminar.

The Committee adopted the 2014 Annual Report including the overview of the activities of the CMOU for the period and the statistics including inspections totaling 836, deficiencies reported totaling 1587 and 15 detentions. With respect to categories of deficiencies, Fire Safety Measures had the highest percent of total deficiencies at 20.20% followed by Certificates and Documentation at 15.23%. The complete report is available on the CMOU's website.

Contact: Mrs. Jodi Munn-Barrow
Secretary General, Caribbean MOU
12 Ocean Boulevard,
2nd Floor, The Office Centre Building
Tel: 876-922-1077

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