MOU News and Initiatives
Committee meetings of the Paris & Tokyo MOU’s are held yearly in each Region, in one of the Member States. Canada participates at these executive meetings where policy matters are considered and is additionally a member of the Paris MOU Advisory Board (MAB). The Board works intersessionally and advises the Committee on matters of policy and strategy and provides direction to the task forces and Secretariat.
Canada plays an active role in the task forces that affect matters of importance to the Country and in the Technical Evaluation Group (TEG) that oversees and directs their work.
Seminars for Port State Control officers are held periodically in each Region at which our officers attend as participants and instructors.
An exchange program is underway in the Tokyo MOU whereby officers from the more developed administrations spend time attending inspections in each others ports in order to harmonize inspection standards and procedures. During the past year, Canadian officers spent time in New Zealand and Japan under this program and we hosted a surveyor from Australia. We were also pleased to host inspectors from Chile who spent time at our ports to receive on the job Port State Control training.
Details of detained ships continue to be published quarterly; this will soon be reduced to a monthly period. These lists of detained ships and other Port State Control Information can now be located on the recently developed Safety and Environmental Programs web site at
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