The IOMOU Secretariat is based at Goa in India. The secretariat is governed by and accountable to the Committee of the IOMOU on Port State Control. It services
the Committee meetings and assists the Committee in its activities. The Port State Control, aims to verify whether foreign flag vessels calling at a port of a state, comply with applicable international
maritime conventions. When vessels are not found in substantial compliance with
applicable laws or relevant convention requirements, the PSC system impose
actions to ensure that they are brought into compliance. Ships to be inspected
are selected on the basis of criteria outlined in the MOU and a
non-discriminatory policy is observed ....
In accordance with Section 3.8.2 of the Indian Ocean MOU, where vessels that proceed to sea without complying with the conditions agreed to by the Authority of the port of inspection, or do not proceed to the nominated repair port. The Authority of the repair port will immediately alert port of inspection and it will inform IOMOU Secretariat to announce the other MOU's Secretariats.
For the purpose of eradicating substandard ships, the Port State Control Committee decided to publish a list of under-performing ships which have been detained for three or more times by the IOMOU during the last 24 months. The under-performing ships are subjected to more frequent inspections at each port of call within the IOMOU region.