PMDS TC-03-24 Tokyo MoU Policy- IMMARBE

PMDS TC-03-24 Tokyo MoU Policy – IMMARBE

The International Merchant Marine Registry of Belize (IMMARBE) with the aim to eliminate sub-standard shipping within our fleet and to continuously improve our performance in the Tokyo MoU, has revoked its existing Tokyo MoU Policy “Circular Letter No. TD/IMM/GOB001-19″ and replace it with a reissued Tokyo MoU Policy TD-IMM-GOB002-24 (in its latest revision). The new policy seeks to provide clear instructions to all operators and RO/RSOs of ships trading or intending to trade in the Tokyo MoU. It is expected that the reissued policy will deter vessels from being detained in the first instance and streamlining actions to be taken and to prevent repeated detention of vessels calling Tokyo MoU ports.


IMMARBE would like to encourage all shipowners and operators; recognized organizations, deputy registrars etc. to take note of the contents of this Circular and its attachment and to bring it to the attention of all concerned parties and to ensure its provisions are enforced on board vessels registered at IMMARBE.


This Policy shall take immediate effect and shall consider the following:


  1. New Registration of vessels intending to operate in the Tokyo MoU.
  2. Letter or Warning.
  3. Occasional Survey Program for vessels detained in the Tokyo MoU.
  4. Ro and Owner/Operator Responsibilities.
  5. Noncompliance
  6. Vessels operating in the Tokyo MoU not subjected to the Occasional Survey Program.


This Technical Circular state the following:

  • Every Belize-flagged vessel upon her first detention in the Tokyo MoU will be issued a Notice of Warning in compliance with the S.I. Number 56 of 1999, Regulation 6 (warnings).
  • Vessels with second detention in less than 12 months, will be included immediately in the Occasional Survey Program by 24 months and the Operators shall be subject to a fine.
  • The Occasional Survey shall be completed by the RO in charge of the Statutory Certification.
  • Upon satisfactory completion of the Occasional Survey, a Statement of Compliance will be issued with a validity of 6 months.
  • The Occasional Survey can be in advanced to make it current with the Annual Mandatory Survey, however, cannot be delayed for these same reasons.
  • The first occasional survey shall be done at the Port of detention.
  • The Second occasional survey:
    • If the mandatory survey is to be done after the detention, the Second Occasional survey will be together with the mandatory survey.
    • If the mandatory survey was completed before the detention, the second occasional survey shall be performed 6 months after the last mandatory survey to ensure that the survey matches with the next mandatory survey.
    • After the Second occasional survey, all occasional surveys will be performed every 6 months thereafter until the program is complete.
  • The Scope of the Occasional survey shall be equivalent to an annual mandatory survey in compliance with International and National requirements. In cases where deficiencies are found, the RO must report the findings to IMMARBE with evidence of corrective actions.
  • Fines will be imposed for cases of vessels are detained twice in less than 3 months of last detention.


Vessels Operating in the Tokyo MoU not subjected not subjected to the Occasional Survey Program.

All Belize registered vessels operating within Tokyo MoU Area or intending to call any Tokyo MoU Port shall comply with all requirements stated in our Merchant Marine Notice MMN-19-006 (revised), MMN-23-001 and MMN-23-006 (see reference below) in the latest version regarding PSC Analysis of Detentions and submit relevant PSC Checklist, Crew List and/or PSC Inspection Report (Form A and B) within the time frame stated in the applicable notice to IMMARBE Technical Department technicalservices@immarbe.com  and inspections@immarbe.com  prior to proceeding to any Tokyo MoU Port.


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