On August 17, DNV GL provided a free Webinar in order to help officers prepare for the upcoming Port State Control’s concentrated inspection campaigns (CIC), targeting the safety of navigational equipment and competence of crew using and maintaining it.
52 Masters and nautical officers attended the webinar, held at Marlow Ukraine. Meanwhile, the same was conducted via Marlow Philippines and various Marlow locations throughout Russia, where over 110 nautical officers participated.
CICs are periodical inspections that focus on a specific topic and are carried out during routine Port State Control (PSC) inspections with an additional checklist for a period of 3 months.
The Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU, Black Sea MoU, Indian Ocean MoU and Vina del Mar will carry out the CIC on Safety of Navigation. These MoUs start this campaign on 1 September 2017 with their corresponding checklist/questionnaire, which was published on 31 July 2017.
Based on DNV GL statistics from 2016, the following main deficiencies were found resulting in PSC detentions – these items serve as indicators as what to focus on for the upcoming CIC campaign:
- Nautical publication: NP out of date / List of radio signals missing or expired / IAMSAR volume old edition / ITU not updated / Notice to mariners not updated
- Charts: Missing, not updated or expired charts
- Lights, shapes, sound signals: In particular, stern lights wrong sector, inoperative or broken / Ship’s navigation lights arrangement not in compliance with COLREG / Flags poor or dirty
- Voyage or passage plan: Especially the passage plan for the last or next voyage is not available or not in compliance with SOLAS
- Magnetic compass: Especially the magnetic compass repeater on bridge / Excessive deviation in magnetic compass / Compass of lifeboat out of order / Deviation table not posted
- Voyage Data Recorder (VDR): Especially VDR showing alarm or inoperative
- BNWAS: Especially location of the reset button / Knowledge of audible alarms and visual indication
- ECDIS: Including training, familiarisation, operation and documentation. We refer to MSC.1/Circ.1503 "ECDIS – Guidance for good practice" dated 24 July 2015 and AMSA Marine Notice 7/2017 "Guidance on ECDIS for ships calling at Australian ports".