Dramatic Fall In Port-State-Control Inspections In Asia-pacific
Tokyo MOU figures show an increase in Maritime Labour Convention deficiencies.
A dramatic fall in port-state-control (PSC) inspections in the Asia-Pacific region has been reported by the Tokyo MOU.
Representing 21 countries in the region, the authority said inspections have fallen by 40% because Coronavirus restrictions are preventing its inspectors from accessing vessels.
The Tokyo MOU said: “Strict restrictions on ship-shore interactions and large-scale lockdown were adopted in many places of the region, which resulted [in] a significant decrease [in the] number of inspections.”
The steep fall in inspections is raising safety and welfare concerns as PSCs play a key role in ensuring compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention and the identification of vessels with safety issues.