Batumi, Georgia - Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Black Sea Regions (BS MoU), met in Batumi, Georgia, for the Twelfth session from 29 to 31 March 2011.
The meeting was chaired by Captain Ilker TUNCER, Undersecretariat Maritime Affairs of Turkey. The meeting was officially opened by the Head of Maritime Administration of Georgia Mr. Teimuraz IOBIDZE. In his speech Mr. Iobidze welcomed all delegates to Batumi and expressed the pleasure to host the Committee meeting in Batumi. He commended the significant development and the success of activities of the BS MOU and highlighted progress on port State control achieved in Georgia. Finally, Mr. Iobidze reaffirmed the commitment of Georgia to continue to take an active role in the activities of the BS MOU to eliminate substandard shipping in the region.