The Secretariat (Tokyo MOU Secretariat) of the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region has informed Viet Nam's Marine Department that the country was on the organisation's 2014 White List for countries that have reduced the number of ships detained for failing to pass Port State Control (PSC) inspections.
For years, the country was consistently on the Tokyo-MOU Black List due to its high number of sub-par vessels.
The Ministry of Transport's Viet Nam Register reported that last year, out of 732 vessels that underwent PSC inspections, only 3.55 per cent of Vietnamese vessels were detained. The new numbers show a decrease by 2.58 per cent, or 21 less ships than in 2013.
In May 2013, Transport Minister Dinh La Thang approved a plan to take Vietnamese ships off the Tokyo-MOU blacklist by 2014.
The Tokyo MOU is one of the most active regional (PSC) organisations in the world, consisting of 19 member authorities in the Asia-Pacific region.
It established an effective PSC regime in the Asia-Pacific region through the co-operation of its members to eliminate substandard shipping and promote maritime safety, protect the marine environment and to safeguard working and living conditions on board ships. Viet Nam officially became a member of the Tokyo MOU on January 1, 1999.