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Q. What is Port State Control?

A. Port State Control is the enforcement by Port States of rigid control measures to ensure that foreign flag vessels entering their waters are in compliance with strict safety and anti-pollution standards established by various international marine treaties.

Q. What is the purpose of the Second Joint Ministerial Conference on Port State Control?

A. The purpose of the upcoming conference is to have a second Ministerial Declaration signed by representatives for the countries who are members of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) on Port State Control. This declaration will reconfirm our commitment to eliminating sub-standard shipping around the world and will serve as a framework for new global policies and programs to facilitate our elimination efforts.

Q. When was the first Port State Control Conference held and what did it accomplish?

A. The First Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control was held in Vancouver on March 24 and 25, 1998. The declarations by the Ministers of the countries represented contributed to an improvement of shipping in the two MOU regions and has helped toward eliminating sub-standard ships worldwide.

Q. What do the Paris and the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding seek to accomplish?

A. Canada has signed two agreements on Port State Control, the Paris Memorandum of Understanding and the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding. These agreements established regional systems for the inspection of foreign ships. The objective of the agreements on Port State Control is to detect sub-standard shipping and minimize the threat to life, property and the marine environment that may result.

Q. How does Canada manage to participate in two MOUs when the levels of inspections carried out by them both are quite different?

A. Canada recognizes the difficulties of participating in two organizations in which the levels of service vary significantly. This was one of the compelling reasons why we convened the Conference in the first place. Any measures that serve to both harmonize and improve the inspection procedures within the two MOU regions will go a long way towards the major objective of our two organizations - to eliminate sub-standard shipping.

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