News 07 Jul, 2015

Port State Control - Indian Ocean MOU - Concentrated Inspection Campaign 2015

The 17 maritime authorities of the Indian Ocean MOU on Port State Control (PSC) have announced that they will be running a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from 1 September 2015 until 30 November 2015 addressing crew familiarisation with enclosed space entry. The Paris and Tokyo MOUs on PSC are due to run a joint CIC addressing this issue during the same period.

Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) conducting routine PSC inspections during the currency of the CIC will use an additional checklist of nine items 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.

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. Serious deficiencies may result in the vessel being detained.

Members requiring further guidance are advised to contact the Loss Prevention department.