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Paris MoU on Port State Control moves Albania to grey list

Jun 18, 2024, 12:16:20 PMArticle by Genta Hodo
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June 18 (SeeNews) - The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control, an organisation of maritime authorities implementing a harmonised ports control system, said it has moved Albania to its grey list, after blacklisting it for five years.

Paris MoU on Port State Control moves Albania to grey list
Photo: Durres Port Authority

Deficiencies found during port inspections conducted between 2021 and 2023 led to the detention of six ships in Albanian ports during the review period, the organisation said in its annual publication of the White, Grey, and Black List (WGB) on Monday.

As the threshold for inclusion on the black list is set at eight detentions, Albania has been moved to the grey list, it added.

Detentions are made due to deficiencies in safety, pollution, or working conditions on board.

Albania was put on the black list in 2019 when inspections from 2016 to 2018 resulted in 12 detentions, above the nine-detention threshold, documents published earlier show.

According to the state-owned operator of Albania’s main port, Port of Durres, the country has been implementing strict measures to avoid detentions.

Now ships that sail under Albanian colours, when anchoring in a port of a member state of the Paris Memorandum and the European Union, are treated as ships of lower navigation risk, the port authority said in a social media post on Monday.

The Paris MoU comprises 28 participating maritime administrations and oversees port state controls in the European coastal states and the North Atlantic basin, according to its website. It aims to eliminate the operation of sub-standard ships through a harmonised system of port state control.

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