987 - 08/14 - Concentrated Inspection Campaign - Worldwide

The Paris, Tokyo and Black Sea MoUs will launch a three-month campaign starting in September to verify deck and engine room watchkeeper hours of rest under the Manila amendments of Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping.

This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from 1 September 2014 and ending on 30 November 2014.

The deck and engine room watchkeepers’ hours of rest will be verified in more detail for compliance with the mentioned scope of the CIC during a regular Port State Control inspection conducted under the regional ship selection criteria within the Paris, Tokyo MoU and Black Sea regions.

Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use a list of 10 selected items to establish that watchkeeping personnel are meeting the requirements regarding hours of rest, focusing attention on the Minimum Safe Manning Document (MSMD) and records of rest. In addition information will be gathered on the watch system, whether the MSMD requires an Engineer officer and whether the ship is designated UMS (Periodically Unattended Machinery Space). For this purpose, PSCOs will apply a questionnaire listing a number of items to be covered during the concentrated inspection campaign.

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 to detaining the ship until serious deficiencies have been rectified.

It is expected that approximately 10,000 inspections will be carried out during the CIC and the results of the campaign will be analysed and findings will be presented to the governing bodies of the MoUs for submission to the IMO.

In addition to the Paris, Tokyo and Black MoUs, it is expected that further MoUs will carry out a similar campaign during the same period.

The Paris Mou Press release, which includes the questionnaire that PSCOs will use can be found here


Source of information

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