Port authorities tackle high-risk ships
Ports in 20, mainly European, countries will strengthen their ship inspections in July, backed by a new power to ban high-risk vessels, port state control body Paris Mou said today. The most dangerous ships on the organisation's "black list" of poor-performing flag states should in future be banned following as few as two detentions in three years. Paris Mou noted that over three-quarters of vessels detained by member ports are flying a "black-list" flag. It said that last year's sinking of the oil tanker Prestige underlined the need for stricter port control. See Paris Mou.