An investigation by the Paris Memoradum (MoU) of Understanding on Port State Control has concluded that a significant number of tankers could pose a risk to the environment.

An investigation by the Paris Memoradum (MoU) of Understanding on Port State Control has concluded that a significant number of tankers could pose a risk to the environment.

Preliminary results from the Paris MoU Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Tanker Damage Stability shows that 16.2% of all tankers could not demonstrate that they were normally loaded in accordance with the Stability Information Booklet (SIB).

The Paris MoU Committee decided to instigate inspections on tanker damage stability to assess the situation regarding damage stability.

A total of 94 (8.8%) inspections resulted in deficiencies directly related to the CIC.

Members of the Paris MoU have expressed concern over recent years that in some cases tankers were not being loaded in compliance with IMO damage stability requirements; meaning that in the case of a collision or grounding the ship may not survive, resulting in possible pollution or even loss of life.

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