Further to our previous news article concerning Port State Control – Concentrated Inspection Campaigns 2016, the maritime authorities of the Riyadh and Vina Del Mar MOUs on Port State Control (PSC) have also announced that they will be running their Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CICs) from 1 September 2016 until 30 November 2016.
The Riyadh MOU has revealed through a notification to other maritime authorities that they will be running a CIC on Pilot Transfer Arrangements to verify that the on board apparatus and operations fulfil the requirements under SOLAS and associated guidelines.
Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) conducting routine PSC inspections during the currency of the CIC on all vessel types will use an additional checklist of twelve items to confirm that all equipment connected with pilot transfer operations is in order, and personnel involved in such transfers are accustomed with the requirements prescribed in the Annex of IMO Resolution A.1045(27) – Pilot Transfer Arrangements.
Full details regarding the scope of the additional inspection can be found in the CIC on Pilot Transfer Arrangements checklist.
Vina Del Mar MOU
Following a recent committee meeting of the Latin American Agreement on PSC the Vina Del Mar MOU will be participating in the joint CIC programme initiated by the Tokyo MOU which focuses on the fulfilment of the on board procedures pertaining to cargo securing arrangements.
When PSCOs are performing routine PSC inspections during the occurrence of the CIC on applicable vessel types, they will use an additional checklist focusing on eight areas to ensure compliance with relevant International Conventions requirements, and check that personal on board are familiar with the procedures, safe practices and hazards associated with cargo securing.
Full details regarding the scope of the additional inspection can be found in the CIC on Cargo Securing Arrangements checklist.
If deficiencies are found in relation to any of the additional items being checked during a CIC, the action taken will depend on the severity of the findings. Minor infractions of regulatory requirements may be given a time limit for rectification. Serious deficiencies may result in the vessel being detained.
Members requiring further guidance are advised to contact the Loss Prevention department.