Tunisia's blacklisting in Paris MoU's "due to poor condition of fleet" (Transport Ministry)
03/07/2020 12:11, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Tunisia's blacklisting in the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) is due to the recurring breakdowns and poor conditions of over 20 year-old vessels, with the exception of "Tanit," the Transport Ministry affirmed Friday.

This MoU has placed Tunisia in its Black List as a country with medium risk, ranking 58th out of 70 countries.

According to the MoU, Tunisia was put on this list due to the poor quality of its vessels, in terms of safety, respect of ocean's cleanliness, quality of the fleet and guarantee of the workers' rights.

In a press release issued on Friday, the ministry recalled that the ranking of the Merchant Navy's fleet by international organisations is based on the results of control operations conducted in their ports, pointing out that this ranking is periodically updated.

To remedy this situation, the ministry indicated that an action plan has just been set up. It consists of ensuring regular and continued monitoring of the Merchant Navy's fleet, by calling on shipping companies to conduct greater number of maintenance operations of their ships.

Besides, human resources, notably shipping agents and experts in charge of inspection operations (training and recycling) must be developed and investment in a new fleet is of order.

Despite this ranking, the ministry estimated that Tunisian commercial vessels remain in line with standards set by international agreements.

The Paris MoU on Port State Control is an international agreement inked in 1982 between 14 maritime nations, and currently consists of 27 participating maritime Administrations.

Its mission is to eliminate the operation of sub-standard ships through a harmonised system of port State control.

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