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The Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (CMOU) held its 21st Committee meeting in Kralendjik, Bonaire from the 29th of June to the 1st of July, 2016, hosted by the Ministry of Transport and the Environment of the Netherlands. This meeting was facilitated by the Netherlands Shipping Inspectorate, Caribbean which is based in Bonaire. During this meeting, the Committee unanimously approved the membership of St. Lucia as a full Member to the CMOU now increasing the complement of Member States to 17 and 1 Associate Member State.

The meeting was attended by fourteen of the sixteen member States and the observer State of the St. Maarten. In addition, the Regional Maritime Advisor of the IMO, the Deputy General Secretary of the PMOU and representatives from the United States Coast Guard and Lloyd " s Register were in attendance.

Ambassador Dwight Gardiner, the Chairman of the CMOU and representative of Antigua and Barbuda, stated that The increase in the Membership of the CMOU augers well for the continued harmonisation of PSC practices within the Caribbean region thus ensuring the elimination of sub-standard vessels as we as the protection of the welfare of seafarers working in our region.

The Technical Standing Working Group (TSWG) of the CMOU presented to the Committee and received approval of the Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Safety of Navigation for 2017 and the guidelines for MLC, 2006; among others.

In addition, the Finance and Administration Standing Working Group (FASWG) received approval of the following:

  • Policy on the Continued Professional Development (CPD) for the staff of the CMOU Secretariat;
  • Revised Country Report Template;
  • The revision of the MOU, Annex 6, Section 5, with respect to the attendance of Observer Organisations; among others.

Members were advised of the successful staging of the 8th Annual Port State Control Seminar in Fort-De-France, Martinique. Participants were provided with training on the CIC on Crew Familiarisation and Enclosed Spaces scheduled for September - November 2017. PSCOs participated in practical inspections on two cruise ships and container vessels. Following the seminar, two days of on-the-job training were held with specific

emphasis places on the regional vessels and the Caribbean small vessel codes. Thanks were expressed to the Ship Safety Centre of Martinique as well as the Netherlands Shipping inspectorate for providing lecturers for the seminar.


The Committee adopted the 2015 Annual Report including the overview of the activities of the CMOU for the period and the statistics including inspections totaling 867, deficiencies reported totaling 2047 and 18 detentions. With respect to categories of deficiencies, Fire Safety Measures had the highest percent of total deficiencies at 21.84 % followed by Life Saving Appliances at 15.53 % . The complete report is available on the CMOU’s website.

Contact: Mrs. Jodi Barrow
Secretary General
Caribbean MOU
12 Ocean Boulevard
2nd Floor, the Office Centre Building
Tel: 876-967-1077

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