Continued Cooperation with Port State Control First Joint Inspection Conducted with People’s Republic of China and the Republic of the Marshall Islands

31 January 2020

The first joint inspection between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) was conducted in December 2019 by Baoshan local Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) inspectors under the arrangement and coordination of Shanghai MSA, and inspectors from the RMI Registry. The inspection was conducted on board the JY GUARDIANSHIP. The collaboration between quality owners and operators, flag State, and the port State highlights the positive working relationship among all stakeholders in the promotion of safe, secure, and environmentally responsible shipping.   

The joint inspection leveraged the technical expertise of both countries, allowing for enhanced communication, sharing of best practices, and collaboration on how to best address safety and quality on board.  RMI flag State inspectors provided a detailed overview of their Annual Safety Inspection procedures and protocols before the inspection while CMSA inspectors provided insight into port State control procedures and practices.  This collaboration between the RMI and China MSA (CMSA) is an example of the good communication system which exists between the two authorities. It provided RMI inspectors, ship’s personnel, and CMSA inspectors with a deeper understanding of efforts made on all sides to enhance maritime safety, security, environmental stewardship, and crew welfare.