Jul 072010

imageAnnual reports are rarely sparkling entertainment but do occasional offer hidden treats like this fhireosebox found in the newly-released Paris MOU annual report for 2009.

Fun stuff over, here’s what the Paris MOU has to say about 2009:

“The New Inspection Regime is on the horizon and information is being recorded in view of entry into force on 1 January 2011. Ships will be divided into High, Standard and Low Risk. For the first time company performance will contribute to the risk profile. Banning measures will be extended to all ship types and apply to flags on the “Black List” and “Grey List”. This should have an effect on a large number of general cargo ships that manage to continue trading in the area after multiple detentions. Particularly since detentions in up to the past 36 months (from 17 June 2009) are counted. These ships will no longer be welcome in Paris MoU ports after 2011 and will be “banned” for a minimum period. While low-risk ships will be rewarded with a 24 to 36 month inspection interval, high-risk ships will be subject to a more rigorous inspection regime with an expanded inspection every 6 months.

Developments in the shipping industry also have an impact on safety, the marine environment and working and living conditions on board. Overall these developments are positive and fewer ships have been detained in the Paris MoU region. In 2009 the detention percentage reached 4.4%, an all-time low over the past decade. The efforts by the Paris MoU members are paying off.

At the same time there is an urgent need to focus attention on those parties in the industry, which show little or no involvement to improve standards. A handful of flags and recognized organizations have scored low performance over the past years and apparently make no efforts to improve.

With 8,501 inspections and 1,250 detentions the ships flying a “black listed flag“ score a detention rate of 14.7 %. For ships flying a “grey listed flag” the detention rate is 7.1% (11,223 inspections, 798 detentions) and ships flying a “white listed flag” 2.8% (51,548 inspections and 1,428 detentions).

The 27 members of the agreement have carried out 24,186 inspections in 2009. The number of detentions has dropped slightly from 1,220 in 2008 to 1,059 in 2009. Over the period 2007-2009 ships flying a “black listed flag” have the highest detention rate.
With 8,501 inspections and 1,250 detentions they score a detention rate of 14.70 %. For ships flying a “grey listed flag” the detention rate is 7.21% (11,223 inspections, 809 detentions) and ships flying a “white listed flag” 2.98% (47,885 inspections and 1,427 detentions).

In 2009 a total of 13 ships were banned. Five were flying a “black listed flag”, 4 were flying a “white listed flag” and 4 were flying a “grey listed flag” at the time of the banning.
General dry cargo ships have the highest detention rate (6.8%), followed by refrigerated cargo ships (5.1%) and bulk carriers (4.6%)
From September to December 2009 a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on lifeboat launching arrangements was carried out. A matter of serious concern is that 1 out of every 5 inspections showed deficiencies in this area. In total 2,136 CIC related deficiencies were recorded during the inspections.

During the 3-month period 246 ships were detained. In 80 cases (32%) the lifeboat launching appliances had deficiencies that were serious enough to detain the ship.
The campaign also revealed that one out of eight drills, when conducted, was not performed satisfactorily.

The full report is available on the Paris MoU web site: www.parismou.org

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