Port state control

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The EU has acceded to the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control, a 19-member international organisation aiming at the elimination of the operation of sub-standard ships through a harmonised system of port State control. The Paris MOU covers European and North Atlantic waters.

International law

Paris MOU (Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control). Click here to go the web site. The full text of the MOU with annexes is published in the EU Official Journal (PDF format).

Also see the OSPAR Convention.

EU ratification

Council Decision 98/249/EC of 7.10.1997 on the conclusion of the Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic (Paris Convention). Full text (PDF format)
European law

Council Decision (EU) 2016/381 of 14 March 2016 on the position to be adopted, on behalf of the European Union, within the Port State Control Committee of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control. Full text (PDF format)

Directive 2009/16/EC on Port State Control (recast). Full text (PDF format) amended by Directive 2013/38/EU. Full text (PDF format)

Directive 1999/35/EC on a system of mandatory surveys for the safe operation of regular ro-ro ferry and high-speed passenger craft services. Full text (PDF format)

Directive 96/40/EC establishing a common model for an identity card for inspectors carrying out port State control
OJ L 196, 7.8.1996, p. 8. Full text (PDF format)

List of ships that were refused access to Community ports between 22 July and 1 November 2003, pursuant to Article 7b of Directive 95/21/EC on the port State control of ships: See OJ C 272, 13.11.2003, p. 16

Case before the European Court of Justice (ECJ)

Case C-439/02, Commission v. France, judgment of 22.6.2004

EMSA

Click here to visit the EMSA web site on port state control.

Statements of EU Institutions

Commission 24.9.2015: "Transport: Commission requests CYPRUS and ROMANIA to transpose rules on port State control"

Commission 13.9.2010, IP/10/1115: “Maritime safety: new EU rules to ‘name and shame’ shipping companies with poor safety records”

Commission 30.3.2004 IP/04/414: Port State control and marine equipment: Commission decides to take Finland and Italy to the European Court of Justice

Commission 1.10.2004, IP/04/1169: Maritime safety: Commission publishes a new list of ships banned from EU ports
http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-04-1169_en.htm

Commission 23.11.2005, IP/05/1457: Stringent measures to guarantee the safety of maritime transport

Commission 19.12.2005, IP/05/1631: Maritime safety and port State control: European Commission requires proper implementation of the rules

Commission 29.6.2006, IP/06/883: Port State Control: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Portugal and brings Malta to the Court of Justice

Commission 12.12.2006, IP/06/1778: Maritime safety: Commission takes Portugal to the Court of Justice

Commission 3.4.2008, IP/08/521: Maritime safety: European Commission sends reasoned opinion to Italy

Commission 5.6.2008, IP/08/890: Maritime safety: European Commission acts against Finland

Commission 26.6.2008, IP/08/1028: Maritime safety: the Commission takes measures against Italy and Slovakia

Commission 29.1.2009, IP/09/178: Maritime safety: Commission requires proper implementation of port State control rules

Commission 14.4.2009 IP/09/573: Maritime safety: the Commission requires proper implementation of port state control rules by Poland and Spain

Commission 5.5.2010 IP/10/512: Maritime safety: Commission sends a reasoned opinion to Malta on port state control

Commission 3.6.2010 IP/10/667: Transport: Commission sends a formal request to Ireland on port state control

Commission 24.6.2010 IP/10/809: Maritime safety: Commission sends formal request to Portugal to step up port state control

Commission 13.9.2010 IP/10/1115: Maritime safety: new EU rules to "name and shame" shipping companies with poor safety records

Commission 19.5.2011 IP/11/589: Maritime safety: Commission requests seven Member States to comply with new EU port state control regime

Commission 30.3.2004 IP/04/414: Port State control and marine equipment: Commission decides to take Finland and Italy to the European Court of Justice

Commission 21.12.2000 IP/00/1538: Council agreement on Maritime Safety: Loyola de Palacio calls for rapid implementation

Commission 13.12.2001 IP/01/1830: Loyola de Palacio calls for a quick implementation of the new maritime safety legislation

Written Questions by Members of the European Parliament (rule 117)

Written Question P-003430/2011 by Jean-Paul Besset: “ERIKA III package — Transposition of Directives 2009/16, 2009/17 and 2009/21 in France” with answer by Commissioner Kallas of 26.4.2011

Written Question E-4752/06 by Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna: “Maritime safety: control and application of Directive 2002/59/EC” with answer by Commissioner Barrot of 18.1.2007

Written Question P-1623/05 by Karin Riis-Jørgensen: “Safety valves for ships” with answer by Commissioner Barrot of 24.5.2005

Written Question E-1036/05 by Daniel Varela Suanzes-Carpegna: “Maritime safety: obligation for vessels to carry black boxes” with answer by Commissioner Barrot of 18.4.2005

Written Question E-3763/02 by Emmanouil Bakopoulos: “Safety of shipping” with answer by Commissioner de Palacio of 10.2.2003

Written Question E-3521/02 by Carlos Ripoll y Martínez de Bedoya: “Port inspections” with answer by Commissioner de Palacio of 3.2.2003

Written Question P-3376/02 by Felipe Camisón Asensio: “Accident at sea off the Galician coast” with answer by Commissioner de Palacio of 15.1.2003

Written Question P-2862/99 by Bernard Poignant: “Erika shipwreck” with answer by Commissioner de Palacio of 26.1.2000

Miscellaneous

The European Commission operates a website on ports.

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