Port State Control – Concentrated Inspection Campaigns 2016

9th August 2016

The maritime authorities of the Paris, Tokyo, Black Sea, Indian Ocean and Caribbean MOUs on Port State Control (PSC) have announced that they will be running their Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CIC) from 1 September 2016 until 30 November 2016.

Paris MOU

The Paris MOU have announced that they will be running a CIC on the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC, 2006) addressing the implementation of minimum standards for working and living conditions on board.

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 the presence of compulsory documentation and certification associated with those employed on board, authenticate the inspection records of the living quarters, provisions and food preparation, and to confirm the establishment of a ship’s safety committee.

Full details regarding the scope of the additional inspection can be found in the CIC on Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 checklist.

Tokyo, Black Sea and Indian Ocean MOUs

The Tokyo MOU will be operating a joint CIC with the Black Sea and Indian Ocean MOUs focusing 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 evaluate compliance with the relevant International Conventions, 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.

Caribbean MOU

It has been reported that the maritime authorities of the Caribbean MOU on PSC will be conducting a CIC dealing with crew familiarity with enclosed space entry, based on the joint Paris, Tokyo, Black Sea and Indian Ocean MOU's CIC of 2015 which addressed this issue.

PSCOs undertaking routine PSC inspections during the course of the CIC will use an additional checklist based on the 2015 joint CIC on Crew Familiarisation for Enclosed Space Entry which had nine elements including checking crew familiarisation with the identification and understanding of the hazards associated with enclosed space entry, the training of crewmembers responsible for testing an enclosed space’s atmosphere, and familiarisation with the use of gas concentration detection equipment.

The PSCO will also require an enclosed space entry and rescue drill to be carried out as part of the inspection.

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.

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