A joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) has been launched worldwide to ensure optimum safety for seafarers who work onboard ships in enclosed spaces.
Launched by the Maritime Authorities of the Tokyo and the Paris Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) on Port State Control, the inspection campaign will be held for three months from 1 September to 30 November this year.
The campaign will check in detail the applicable requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which is an international maritime safety treaty that specifies minimum safety standards in construction, equipment and operation of ships.
A regular Port State Control inspection will be conducted, as per new inspection regime (NIR) within the Tokyo and Paris MoU regions.
About 10,000 inspections will be carried out by Tokyo and Paris MoUs, during which Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will make use of a list of ten selected questions to establish optimum safety levels.
This will help ensure whether crew members have received training to identify hazards associated with entry into enclosed spaces and how effectively they can carry out duties with the relevant know-how of a ship’s equipment.
Moreover, additional information will be provided with procedures and measures to test the atmosphere of enclosed spaces to ensure high onboard safety.
In case any deficiencies are found during inspection, actions such as recording a deficiency and instructing the master to rectify will be implemented.
Undue negligence may also lead to ship detentions until the deficiencies are rectified. These lists will be published on a monthly basis on Tokyo and Paris MoU web sites.
The analysed results of the campaign will then be presented to the governing bodies of the MoUs for International Maritime Organization (IMO) submission.