Updated 23 August 2017
This year’s concentrated inspection campaigns by port state authorities start on 1 September 2017 and will focus on safety of navigation, life-saving appliances and crew familiarisation for enclosed space entry.
Port state authorities have announced the following concentrated inspection campaigns (CICs), lasting three months from 1 September to 30 November 2017:
The Caribbean MoU, which covers states and territories with coasts on the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, has announced that its CIC in 2017 will focus on life-saving appliances and arrangements. The CIC is aimed at verifying compliance with the applicable requirements of SOLAS Ch.III and associated Codes, such as the Lifesaving Appliances (LSA) Code. Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will check that effective procedures and measures are in place to safeguard the seafarers who are serving on board ships and ensure that the Master, officers and crew are familiar with relevant equipment and have received training in carrying out their duties.
It is expected that the Caribbean PSCOs will use a dedicated checklist for the items to be covered during the CIC, however, at the time of writing we have not been able to obtain a copy of any such checklist or questionnaire.
The Riyadh MoU, which covers the six Gulf states of Oman, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, has announced that its CIC in 2017 will focus on crew familiarisation for enclosed space entry. The CIC is aimed at verifying compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS, STCW, MLC and ILO Conventions.
Entering and working in enclosed spaces onboard ships have long been a source of serious injuries and fatalities and a requirement to carry out enclosed space entry and rescue drills became mandatory in January 2015 (SOLAS Reg.III/19). The purpose of the CIC is therefore to ensure that masters, officers and crew members are familiar with the relevant equipment and have received training in carrying out their duties; raise safety awareness among crew serving on board; and ensure that ships have effective procedures and measures in place to safeguard seafarers when entering and working in enclosed spaces onboard.
The Riyadh PSCOs will use this questionnaire during their inspections.
Paris, Tokyo, Black Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Abuja and Viña del Mar MoUs
These MoUs have announced that their CICs in 2017 will focus on safety of navigation and ships’ compliance with the applicable requirements of SOLAS Chapter V.
Deficiencies relating to navigation equipment contribute a major proportion of the total deficiencies. From 2009 to 2016, a total of 174,559 deficiencies concerning safety of navigation were recorded in the Paris and Tokyo MOUs, accounting for 15.27% of all deficiencies. PSCOs will therefore check during the 2017 CICs that equipment installed conforms with valid regulatory requirements, type approval certificates, and is accompanied by proper records, that the master and officers on duty are familiar with operation of bridge equipment, ECDIS in particular, and that the equipment is well maintained and is functioning properly.
The Paris and Tokyo MoUs have issued a joint press release dated 31 July 2017 providing an outline of their campaign. The Paris and Tokyo PSCOs will use this questionnaire during their inspections. The same checklist is expected also to be used by PSCOs from the Black Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Abuja and Viña del Mar MoUs during their CICs.
Gard’s Members and clients are encouraged to become familiar with the CIC criteria prior to the commencement of the campaigns. As most of the Maritime Administrations have delegated the certification of ships under IMO Conventions and Codes to the classification societies, we also recommend contacting ships’ classification societies to obtain more detailed information on typical survey procedures related to the announced CICs.
A self-inspection/assessment on board is recommended and all crew members should be provided with training prior to entering the port of inspection during the CIC period.
When deficiencies are found, actions by the port state may vary from recording a deficiency and instructing the Master to rectify it within a certain period of time, to detaining the ship until serious deficiencies have been rectified. The results of the CICs will be analysed and findings will be presented to the governing body of the MoUs for submission to the IMO.
Related webpages and documents
The MoU organisations and their recent press releases:
Further information on life-saving appliances and arrangements:
Further information on enclosed space entry:
Further information on safety of navigation: