PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Fire Safety - 1 Sept-30 Nov 2023


Each year, the Port State Control (PSC) regimes establish a specific focus area during regular inspections. This year, the Paris and Tokyo MoUs decided to run a CIC on the topic of fire safety. The Indian Ocean and Black Sea MoUs have also confirmed their participation in the campaign. Although no official announcements have been made by the Mediterranean, Riyadh and Vina del Mar MoUs, it is expected that they may also participate in this campaign. 

The CIC will be carried out between 1 September and 30 November 2023, with an aim to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 on Construction - fire protection, fire detection and fire extinction, in addition to the routine PSC inspections during the campaign period. 

In practice, the CIC will mean that during regular port state control inspections, the fire safety arrangements, maintenance records, and other applicable documentation will be verified in more detail for compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2.

During the inspection campaign, the Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use the following questionnaire to check the performance of the crew members , i.e., whether they are familiar with operations relating to fire safety, and that equipment is maintained and functioning properly.

Number Questions Yes  No  N/A  Detention
1 Are the emergency escape routes maintained in a safe condition?        
2 Are the fire doors maintained in good working condition?        
3 Has the fixed fire detection and fire alarm systems, been periodically tested in accordance with the requirements of the Administration?        
4 Are ventilation closing appliances capable of being closed?        
5 Are the means for control for power ventilation of machinery spaces operable from two grouped positions?        
6 Can each fire pump deliver at least the two required jets of water?        
7 Are the means of control provided in a position outside the machinery space for stopping ventilation and oil transfer equipment operational?        
Is the room for the fixed gas fire extinguishing medium used only for this purpose?        
9 Are the valves used in the fire main line operational?        
10 Where a fire drill was witnessed, was it found to be satisfactory?        

The actions by PSCOs may vary from recording a deficiency and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period and/or to detain the ship until the serious deficiencies have been rectified. As deficiencies in fire safety can often be traced to shortcomings in the implementation of the Safety Management System (SMS), the efficient use of the SMS should be emphasised.

Members are recommended to ensure that their crews are aware and special attention is paid to these items during routine inspection and planned maintenance.

We also recommend using Lloyds Register (LR) and UK P&I Club mobile app to prepare for expected PSC inspections. The app includes functionality that enable ships’ crews and their managers to easily view necessary legislative and regulatory requirements, save multiple checklists, check-off completed activities, add essential notes, use the device camera to take images and has the ability to print and send files via email. The app is available to all shipowners and operators regardless of classification provider.

Captain Akshat Arora

Senior Risk Assessor