1st of July 2013

2012 Paris Mou Annual "Taking Port State Control to the Next Level"

2012 Annual Report (dynamic version)

The year 2012 started out with maritime safety in the headlines of the world’s news with the grounding of the “M/V Costa Concordia”. This event was a shock to the Paris MoU and should be taken as a sign to increase our efforts on verifying the safety of all ships operating in our waters. I wish to extend my sympathy and that of the Paris MoU to all the families of those touched by this tragedy. While the casualty report will detail the lessons to be learnt, the Paris MoU considered that the issue of cruise ship safety should be addressed. With this in mind the Paris MoU developed a harmonized inspection campaign for cruise ships during 2012 to commence from the 1st of January 2013.