Press Release CIC on Fire Safety

The member Authorities of the Memorandum of Understanding on PSC in the Black Sea Region (BS MoU) will conduct a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Fire Safety.
The three-month campaign will start on September 1st, 2023 and end on November 30th, 2023 under the coordination of the Maritime Administration of Türkiye. The campaign shall be conducted simultaneously with the Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU and some other regional PSC regimes.

Annual Report for 2022

We are pleased to present the twenty-second issue of the Annual Report on Port State Control in the Black Sea region which is published under the auspices of the Port State Control Committee of the Black Sea MoU.

Port State Control is of particular importance to the BS MoU member Authorities due to the role of shipping in the region’s trade, the sensitivity of the Black Sea basin and its coastline to environmental damage. PSC inspections are conducted to ensure that foreign ships visiting the Black Sea ports are seaworthy, do not pose a pollution risk, provide a healthy and safe environment and comply with relevant international regulations and within the scope of the member Authorities’ national governing laws and regulations.

This PSC Annual report covers the period between 1st January and 31st December 2022, a year that was definitely a challenging year. Although the Covid-19, Pandemic continued to affect countries in the Black Sea Region, maritime trade bounced back and reached slightly below pre-Covid-19 levels.

Report of the 2022 CIC on STCW

From 1 September 2022 to 30 November 2022, the Black Sea MoU carried out a Concentrated
Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW)
throughout the region. This campaign involved all member States of the BS MoU and was conducted
in conjunction with the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda, and other Regional PSC regimes. The
campaign was conducted under the campaign coordination of the Bulgarian Maritime Administration.
Guidelines and Questionnaires of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda were used

During the campaign, a total of 1,329 inspections were carried out for 1,258
individual ships. 1,140 of them were carried out with the CIC questionnaire. During the CIC, 47 ships
were detained in total. Of this quantity, 10 of the detentions are the result of inspections without CIC
Questionnaires and 5 of these 37 ships were detained under the CIC scope.

A total of 95 questionnaires had at least one non-compliance to any of the requirements, resulting
in 8.33 per cent of CIC inspections. The overall average per cent of nonconformities was 1.19 which
means that the “unsatisfactory” answer was given to any question under this CIC.

PSCC23 Press Release

Constanta, ROMANIA – Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Black Sea Region (BS MoU), met in-person presence in Constanta, ROMANIA, for the Twenty-third session from 25 to 28 April 2023. Those who were unable to attend were given the opportunity to participate online.

The meeting was chaired by Captain Alexandar ILIEV - Deputy Harbour Master of Port Burgas, BULGARIA. Captain Cosmin Laurențiu DUMITRACHE, General Director of the Romanian Naval Authority and the Vice-Chair of the PSCC23 meeting made a welcome speech and officially declared the opening of the meeting. In his opening speech, Captain DUMITRACHE first welcomed all delegates to Constanta and stressed the vital role of port State control in ensuring a safe environment at sea for human life, ships, ports and overall, maritime related activities. Expressing that promoting and supporting cooperation is the key to our success, he highlighted that this could not have been done by one country alone and that strengthening the regional and international cooperation ensured effective mechanisms for responding to unsafe and sub-standard shipping.

The twenty-third meeting of the Port State Control Committee was attended by all the 6 member Authorities of Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Türkiye and Ukraine and observers of Moldova, the Abuja MoU, the Mediterranean MoU-represented by the delegation of Türkiye, the Paris MoU, the Tokyo MoU and the Viňa del Mar Agreement attended to the meeting. Observers of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Caribbean MoU, the Indian Ocean MoU, the Riyadh MoU, USCG and the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution were unable to attend.

Preliminary results of the CIC on STCW