Constanta, ROMANIA – Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Black Sea Region (BS MoU), met in-person presence in Constanta, ROMANIA, for the Twenty-third session from 25 to 28 April 2023. Those who were unable to attend were given the opportunity to participate online.
The meeting was chaired by Captain Alexandar ILIEV - Deputy Harbour Master of Port Burgas, BULGARIA. Captain Cosmin Laurențiu DUMITRACHE, General Director of the Romanian Naval Authority and the Vice-Chair of the PSCC23 meeting made a welcome speech and officially declared the opening of the meeting. In his opening speech, Captain DUMITRACHE first welcomed all delegates to Constanta and stressed the vital role of port State control in ensuring a safe environment at sea for human life, ships, ports and overall, maritime related activities. Expressing that promoting and supporting cooperation is the key to our success, he highlighted that this could not have been done by one country alone and that strengthening the regional and international cooperation ensured effective mechanisms for responding to unsafe and sub-standard shipping.
The twenty-third meeting of the Port State Control Committee was attended by all the 6 member Authorities of Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, Türkiye and Ukraine and observers of Moldova, the Abuja MoU, the Mediterranean MoU-represented by the delegation of Türkiye, the Paris MoU, the Tokyo MoU and the Viňa del Mar Agreement attended to the meeting. Observers of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Caribbean MoU, the Indian Ocean MoU, the Riyadh MoU, USCG and the Commission on the Protection of the Black Sea against Pollution were unable to attend.