Azerbaijan strengthens control over foreign-flag vessels
Azerbaijan, Baku, July 10 /Trend E.Ismayilov/
A special permit will be required for merchant shipping in Azerbaijan to carry out water freight and passenger activities.
Additions involve the monitoring of the flag and port control. The flag control involves the inspection and certification of ships included in the National Register of shipping and sailing under the flag of Azerbaijan.
Port control involves state control over the compliance of equipment of foreign vessels entering Azerbaijani ports and leaving them to international treaties.
Under the amendments, the ship owners will be required to submit a certificate of insurance or other financial security to civil liability for damages incurred as a result of pollution from bunker oil.
The amendments also suggest inspections at least at a quarter of the average annual number of foreign-flag vessels (this number should be calculated on the basis of indicators of the last three years), entering the territory of Azerbaijani port.
In accordance with the amendments authorized executive body appointed by the captain of the seaport, whose activity is regulated by the regulations approved by the relevant executive authority. The main functions of the port captain are: registration of entry and exit of vessels from the port, check for licenses and certificates, certificates of special training, inspection logbook, control over compliance of ships with rules for entry and exit from ports.
The amendments establish a broad inspection of oil tankers destined for chemical products and natural gas operating more than 10 years, dry bulk vessels operating more than 12 years, passenger ships - more than 15 years, tankers with a total tonnage of more than three
thousand tons operating for more than 15 years. Not less than 25 percent of foreign-flag vessels should pass the inspection.