How is the MRV Shipping Regulation enforced?
In this video, we talk about how the European MRV Shipping Regulation is enforced and what type of sanctions and penalties companies can expect in case of non-compliance.
The regulation is enforced by participating member states. As it is the role of port state control to carry out inspections of ships within ports, the officer will also check whether the shipmaster is in possession of a valid document of compliance.
As mentioned in previous videos, companies must carry on board a valid document of compliance for the first time by 30 June 2019.
The regulation requires member states to have in place a system of penalties which is effective, proportionate and dissuasive.
For instance, in the UK, failure to produce a document of compliance during an inspection constitutes a criminal offense subject to fines or the issuance of a detention order.
Member states can also issue an expulsion order if a certain ship fails to comply for two or more consecutive reporting periods. It’s important to note that an expulsion order would apply to the entire EU territory and, as a consequence, any other member state would be required to refuse entry into their ports.