The Paris MoU Annual Report 2019 has been published and is available for download at the end of this article. This report provides an overview of the activities of the Paris MoU in 2019 including the statistics. Some of the highlights of the report are set out below.
The Paris MoU Annual Report 2019 reveals that in the past three years 76 ships have been banned for multiple detentions, 6 ships were banned for “failing to call at an indicated repair yard” and one ship for jumping detention. In the same period, 13 ships were banned for a second time. In the period 2017 to 2019 the flags of Comoros, the Republic of Moldova, the United Republic of Tanzania and Togo have recorded the highest number of bannings.
In an important decision handed down, the Commercial Court accepted that it had jurisdiction to hear claims arising out of the loss of a superyacht which had fallen from the deck of a transporting vessel in heavy weather conditions.
The Italian owner of the yacht had brought proceedings in Italy, despite having signed a contract containing an exclusive jurisdiction clause in favour of the English courts, asserting that as a consumer he was entitled to sue in the courts of his own domicile.
A webinar organised by the Thomas Miller managed insurance mutuals, container freight specialist TT Club and protection & indemnity insurer, UK P&I Club, revealed the diverse range of factors important to safe container ship operations and the security of the container stacks they carry. ‘Container Casualties – the sum of the parts’ looked in detail at the complex range of moving parts involved in these operations and concluded that each must be considered individually and collectively in order to keep collapse of stow incidents to a minimum.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has detained a further UK flagged fishing vessel following its failure to get its mandatory intermediate survey done in time. Owners of the scallop dredger, Zara Annabel, have been served with the notice to ensure the vessel makes for the nearest suitable port and to notify the crew that its UK Fishing Vessel Certificate is no longer valid. It brings to a total of six the number of UK flagged fishing vessels detained by the MCA over the past two weeks after being found to be non-compliant with multiple areas of legislation under the Merchant Shipping Act.