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New inspection regime from 1 January 2011


On 1 January 2011, a new inspection regime was introduced in the Paris MoU cooperation, which includes – in addition to the EU member States – Canada, Iceland, Croatia, Norway and Russia. The new system is called the New Inspection Regime (NIR). In the EU countries, the system was implemented through the  directive on port State Control, 2009/16/EC. In Slovenia, the system is implemented through the Decree on port State control.

The system replaces the previous port State control regime, which is based on random checks. NIR contains several new elements, such as: 


  • Periodic inspection of all ships calling at Paris MoU ports.The inspections are targeted according to a Ship Risk Profile so that “risky” ships are inspected frequently, while “good” ships are inspected less frequently. 
  • Focus on Company Performance. The Company Performance – determined as deficiencies and detentions at port State Control inspections in the Paris MoU region – will be included in the overall evaluation of a Ship Risk Profile.
  • Elements of the Port State System

On the Paris MoU webpage (, information about the New Inspection Regime is available. You can, for example, find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) as well as calculation models making it possible for a shipping company to find a specific Ship Risk Profile and Company Performance rate.


Notice of ship arrival for mandatory expanded inspection

(At least 72 hours or before ETA in the port or anchorage or before leavıng the previous port or anchorage if the voyage is expected to take less than 72 hours).

Applies to:

  • All ships with a high risk profile and
  • Any passenger ship, oil tanker, gas or chemical tankers or bulk carrier, older than 12 years of age.


EMSA Leaflet on NIR