NL 229/20 | Paris MoU & Tokyo MoU Guidance on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Port State Control

Απρ 07, 2020

Refers to: Owners/Operators/Managers, PHRS Representatives/ Surveyors         

Action Date: Immediate

The Authorities of the Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU have agreed to adopt Temporary Guidance for dealing with the circumstances aiming to counteract on the COVID-19 crisis which the international shipping industry is facing.
The guidance recognizes that there is a need to apply flexibility under these special circumstances taking into account the importance to protect the health and safety of the Port State Control Officers and also the seafarers on the ships.
The temporary guidance sets out parameters for the adoption of a pragmatic approach to be taken in the regions.

Therefore the Port State Control in the Paris and Tokyo MOU regions shall consider the below listed issues on a case-by-case basis for period up to three months :

  • Impact of delays for surveys, inspections and audits
  • Extensions of validity of the ship’s certificates
  • Extended periods of service on board
  • Delaying periods for personnel certification (STCW’95 and MLC,2006) 

In the same spirit, PHRS works together with all MoU authorities and with the Flag Administrations having recognized PHRS as a Recognized Organization to assist on the implementation of measures and providing uninterrupted survey and certification services focusing on the health and safety of the seafarers, the safety of the personnel involved with surveys aboard ships and contributing to the containment of COVID-19 as much as possible.

For more details on the extend of measures to be taken, you may find the relevant Press Releases of Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU accordingly by clicking the links below:

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information you may need on the above.

April 6th, 2020 - PHRS Head Office