We are pleased to present the sixth 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. The annual report outlines recent activities on port State control in the Black Sea region, as well as international perspectives on port State control and includes the statistical port State inspection data conducted by the member Authorities of the BS MOU during the year 2007.
2007 was another active year for port State control in the Black sea region; 4499 inspections carried out on foreign ships which resulted in 367 detentions. This represents a detention percentage of 8.16% which is an increase of 2.60% when compared the previous year's detention percentage of 5,56%. The average number of defeciencies found per inspection also continues to increase.
The battle against unseaworthy and substandard shipping will continue. This is due that some flag States are still unwilling or unable to implement their international maritime convention responsibilities.