News 11 Aug, 2014

Port State Control - Caribbean MOU Concentrated Inspection Campaign 2014

The 16 maritime authorities of the Caribbean MOU on Port State Control (PSC) have announced that they will be running a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from 1 September 2014 until 30 November 2014. The CIC will address compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS Code).


Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) conducting routine PSC inspections during the course of the CIC will refer to an additional checklist addressing the following areas:


·         Fire control plans;

·         Firefighters’ outfits;

·         Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBDs);

·         Portable extinguishers;

·         Fixed fire extinguishing system alarms;

·         Maintenance and readiness for use of fire protection systems, firefighting systems and appliances;

·         Automatic and manually activated fire alarm systems;

·         Emergency fire pumps; and

·         Fire main isolation valves.


In addition to the physical inspection and testing of the foregoing areas, the crew may be required to demonstrate their familiarity with the firefighting systems and appliances during a fire drill for the benefit of the PSCO.


If deficiencies are found, the action taken will depend on the severity of the findings. Minor infractions of regulatory requirements may be given a time limit for rectification, whereas serious deficiencies may result in the vessel being detained.


Members requiring further guidance should contact the Loss Prevention department.