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PSC Newsletter No 9

September 2012

9th Port State Control Newsletter

  1. Corrosion protection in ballast tanks - a ground for detention?
  2. Re-entry into trade - certificates endorsed outside a time window
  3. Emergency fire pump suction in machinery compartment
  4. Navigation tool used during voyage
  5. AMC inspections in Dutch ports
  6. MLC 2006 ratified
  7. North American SECA
  8. Liberia - screening ship arrivals to mitigate detention risk
  9. CIC 2012 - the Concentrated Inspection Campaign - launched in September
  10. PSC inspections 2012 - main deficiency areas

Joint campaign Fire safety

2012-06-08

2012 Joint CIC - Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Fire Safety

Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU on PSC have announced, in a joint press release, the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Fire Safety Systems Arrangements. The Campaign is commencing on September 01st and ending on November 30th. It is expected that around 10.000 ships will be inspected within mentioned period in these regions. Other PSC regimes may also join this CIC.
During regular PSC inspection, twelve selected items (14 checkpoints) will be inspected in more detail for compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2. The items are related to condition of fire fighting equipment on board, inventory of fire stations as well as documentation, training and operational readiness of fire fighting.
The official press release from Paris and Tokyo MOUs, including the checklist, is attached for your reference. Extended DNV checklist has been developed to assist vessels to verify their compliance prior to the campaign.
Link to PSC Memorandum of Understanding web sites:
Paris MOU (Publications, Press Releases tab)
Tokyo MOU (News and Release tab)

PSC - Synopsis of frequent findings and detention items - publication January 2012

January 2012

Port state control - Synopsis of frequent findings and detention items

This document provides statistical data and a brief synopsis - the result of systematic observations and analysis of Port State Control (PSC) inspections of vessels operated bt DNV customers. The presented data cover the period from January 2007 until December 2011.

PSC Newsletter 8

2012-04-16

8th Port state control newsletter

  1. ECDIS on the bridge - PSC view
  2. Revised Port State Control procedures
  3. Harmonised deficiency codes - Tokyo MOU
  4. Results of the 2011 PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaign
  5. 2009-2011 Synopsis of frequent deficiencies
  6. EMSA - Harmonisation of PSC inspections with distance learning
  7. PSC inspections 2012 - deficiency areas on DNV ships

PSC Newsletter 7

2011-12-20

7th Port state control newsletter

  1. Civil Liability Certificate for bunker oil pollution damage
  2. Continuous focus on hours of rest and fatigue
  3. Paris MoU NIR positive for DNV ships
  4. Mobile checklists for PSC toolkit
  5. Company status report tool.

Paris MOU2011-08-16

Launch of Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Structural Safety & Load Lines


Paris MOU & Tokyo MOU have recently published a questionnaire of 14 listed items that PSC Officers will be using during their joint CIC on structural safety and load lines starting on 1 September and ending on 30 November 2011. The State members of the Viña del Mar Agreement, the Indian Ocean MOU, the Mediterranean MOU and the Black Sea MOU will follow the same routine during the campaign.

The background for this CIC, as stated in the Paris MOU press release, is that deficiencies related to structural safety and load lines, on average accounted for 15% of the total number of deficiencies for the last 8 years. Furthermore, structural safety for ship types other than bulk carrier, and compliance with the Load Line Convention in general, have never been addressed with the special attention typical for a CIC.

The actions taken by port states when deficiencies are found vary from just recording the deficiency and instructing the Master to rectify within a certain period, to the more serious action of detaining the vessel until the deficiencies have been rectified.

DNV has prepared guidance on the 14 questions, which we hope can be useful for the master and officers onboard to ensure that they will be prepared for this campaign. The guidance document can be downloaded through DNV Exchange. For DNV PSC Toolkit users, a *.psc file to be imported in the PSC Guide Wizard has also been prepared and distributed by e-mail.


PSC Newsletter 6

2011-05-01

6th Port state control newsletter

  1. CIC on structural safety and load lines
  2. USCG revisiting inspection of fuel oil quick-closing valves
  3. US Coast Guard begins VGP inspections
  4. Reporting of defective equipment to AMSA
  5. Emergency fire pump failed after undocking
  6. Unnecessary detention due to documentation


Paris Mou newsletter2011-01-24

Paris MoU - New inspection regime

The New Inspection Regime (NIR) of the Paris MoU on Port State Control (PSC) will enter into force on 1 January 2011.

The targeting system for selecting ships for inspections will be changed based on regulations by the European Commission (EU Directive 2009/16/EC). An important element in NIR is the ranking of companies according to their PSC performance. Please press the picture for our brochure based on information from the Paris MoU and EMSA.



Copy of PSC Newsletter 42010-10-01

5th Port state control newsletter

  1. EU to name shipping companies with poor PSC performance
  2. CIC on SOLAS Chapter V – Navigation
  3. PSC focus on hours of Rest and Fatigue
  4. Banning of foreign vessels by USCG
  5. Paris MoU Review Panel concluded in favour of managers
  6. Reminder of ISM Code revisions


Riyadh MoU2010-10-11

Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on SOLAS Chapter V - Navigation


The member States of the Riyadh MoU (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE) are undertaking a CIC from 1 October to 31 December 2010 on safety of navigation during which they will focus on checking that navigation related equipment and documentation are in compliance with SOLAS Chapter V, as well as evaluating the familiarity of the Master and watch-keeping officers with the bridge equipment. Go to the Riyadh MoU press release.

The office of Director General of the General Organisation of Sea Ports, Bahrain, has released a checklist to be used by the PSC officers. For further guidance, we have cross referenced this checklist with DNV’s Guidance Information on SOLAS Ch.V, prepared in August 2008 during the previous CIC on the same subject by the Tokyo MoU.



Tokyo MOU_internet teaser2010-08-10

Update on Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on harmful substances (MP) in packaged form


The PSC regions of Tokyo MoU and Latin American Agreement have announced that they will be carrying out a CIC on Harmful substances (marine pollutants) in packaged form from 1 September to 30 November 2010.

The questionnaire that PSC Officer (PSCO) will be using in order to verify compliance has been recently published and can be obtained from the Tokyo MoU web site. We have given some additional information on the questions in the attached document, which we hope will be helpful when prepairing for this campaign.



Paris MOU2010-08-10

Update on Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on tanker damage stability


The PSC regions of Paris MoU and Black Sea MoU have announced that they will be carrying out a CIC on tanker damage stability from 1 September to 30 November 2010.

The questionnaire that PSC Officer (PSCO) will be using in order to verify compliance has been recently published and can be obtained from the Paris MoU web site.

We have experienced that there are some uncertainties related to the questionnaire and have created a checklist by using the PSC Toolkit Wizard to further elaborate on the questions. We also provide general guidance which we hope can be useful for the master and officers onboard to ensure that they will be prepared for this campaign.



PSC Newsletter 42010-06-01

4th Port state control newsletter

  1. Concentrated inspection campaigns
  2. Stricter vessel controls during the Shanghai Expo
  3. Detained? May result in 6 months off the oil majors business
  4. PSC reporting obligations in Paris MoU
  5. Fines in Trieste, Italy, on fuel low sulphur content
  6. Increase in machinery related deficiencies
  7. DNV's PSC campaign continuous.


Tokyo MOU_internet teaser2010-06-01

Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from September to November 2010


The Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding on PSC has released its 2009 Annual Report.

A total of 23 116 PSC inspections were carried out in 2009 by the member States of Tokyo MoU, breaking all previous records. Although both the number of inspections and the number of ships inspected have increased, the inspection rate has dropped down due to the big increase of the number of individual ships in the region. 1 336 ships registered under 58 flags were detained because of serious deficiencies found onboard. The detention rate of ships inspected was 5.78%, a reduction comparing with last year’s detention rate of 6.90%.

The nineteenth meeting of the Port State Control Committee was held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, from 24 to 27 August 2009. Among other issues, the Committee decided to carry out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and MARPOL Annex III from September to November 2010. The Committee established an inter-sessional group to prepare the questionnaire and guidelines for the CIC.

For more information, please go to the Tokyo MoU web site.



Vina del Mar agreement2010-06-01

Viña del Mar agreement on PSC will join Tokyo MOU in CIC on dangerous goods


Members of the Latin American Agreement on PSC will be joining the Tokyo MoU members in the Concentrated Inspection Campaign on International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code and MARPOL Annex III from September to November 2010. However, specific instructions have not yet been developed.


Paris MOU2010-05-10

Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from September to November 2010


The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) held its 43rd Committee meeting in Dublin, Ireland from 10 - 14 May 2010.

The meeting adopted the “New Inspection Regime” (NIR). The NIR, which will enter into force from 1 January 2011, will replace the existing Port State Control system. The NIR is a risk based targeting mechanism, and aims to reward quality shipping with a smaller inspection burden and concentrate on high-risk ships, which will be subject to more in-depth and more frequent inspections.

The Committee adopted the 2009 Annual Report including the new Black, Grey and White List and a performance list of Recognised Organisations. Both lists will be published early June and used for targeting purposes starting 1st July 2010. The Annual Report is expected to be published by the end of July this year.

From September to November this year the Paris MoU will focus its campaign on damage stability of tankers (oil and chemical tankers, gas carriers). According to information received, a checklist will be published on Paris MoU web site in June 2010. For more details, please go to the Paris MoU web site.



Italian Coast Guard (ITCG)2010-05-01

Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from 1 May to 30 June 2010


The Italian Coast Guard (ITCG) will start a CIC on ISPS code as from 1st May 2010 that will last until 30th June 2010 in accordance to Circular Letter no. 01/2010 dated 8th April 2010, giving priority to ships of non EU flags. The checklist which will be used by the Italian PSC for the mentioned campaign has been published on their web site.



Vina del Mar agreement2010-04-01

Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from 1 April to 30 June 2010


Member states of the Viña del Mar agreement on PSC will conduct a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from 1 April to 30 June 2010. The scope of CIC will be "General Safety and Human Element". As proactive measurements and support to our customers, DNV has compiled a checklist based on information received from that region. Customers who have the "DNV PSC Wizard" installed may contact us for a customized .psc file.



PSC in China - Stricter vessel controls during the period of Shanghai Expo2010-03-01

PSC in China - Stricter vessel controls during the period of the Shanghai Expo


The security work for the 2010 Shanghai EXPO has been fully launched since March 1, according to the Shanghai MSA (China’s Maritime Safety Administration). In order to ensure the waterway security during the Shanghai EXPO, China's Port State Control has set up a specific security inspection system which will be in place from 1 April 2010 to 30 November 2010. All vessels intended to enter Shanghai during this period must obtain an approval certificate in advance. The application for the certificate should be obtained from the local agent and is to be submitted to China's Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) by the owner or charterer and/or master/agent.

The inspection and clearance are established on three vessel types:

  1. Vessels trading in Chinese domestic waters
  2. Vessels trading in international waters
  3. Vessels trading in domestic waters but passing through the restricted waters in Huangpujiang River.

The first and third types of vessel have to be inspected as per the new specific safety inspection. For the second type of vessel, they have to be inspected as per international security rules. For more information, we recommend that you contact your local agent in Shanghai.



PSC Newsletter 3
2010-01-01

3rd Port state control newsletter

  1. One detention can affect vetting rating
  2. Panama Flag working on improving performance
  3. Paris MOU New Inspection Regime and ship owners
  4. EU and Low sulphur distillate fuels
  5. Increased focus on Anti-fouling System
  6. DNV Port State Control Tool Kit a success
  7. AMSA with Focused Inspection Campaign


PSC Newsletter 22009-09-01

2nd Port state control newsletter

  1. Ship detained TWICE by PSC within 3 days…
  2. Reminder! Concentrated inspection campaign is coming up…
  3. PSC Tool kit now being used by DNV clients
  4. Paris MOU will change their inspection regime
  5. Paris MOU rates the Recognized organization’s
  6. News from the Americas: Guilty plea’s
  7. Serious PSC deficiencies are often identical to root causes of marine casualties
  8. Fire dampers are a major challenge


PSC Newsletter 12009-06-01

1st Port state control newsletter

  1. Vessel jumps detention, banned from Paris MOU
  2. New DNV Port state control tool kit is being distributed to local DNV stations
  3. Concentrated inspection campaign on lifeboats and launching arrangements
  4. Tokyo MOU results after concentrated inspection campaign in 2008
  5. DNV Port state control campaign
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