Jul 252011

Photo: Plimsoll.org

Some 45 Maritime Authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda on Port
State Control begin a three-month long joint concentrated inspection campaign to ensure compliance with structural safety and the Load Line Convention.

Running from 1 September to 30 November 2011, states which are party to 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.
On average for the last 8 years, deficiencies related to structural safety and load lines account, for 15% of the total number of deficiencies. 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 of a CIC.

During this campaign Port State Control Officers, PSCOs, will verify applicable
documents and aspects such as loading instruments, the protection of hatch openings,
the vessel’s hull, bulkheads and deck and other features of the Load Line Convention and structural integrity in more detail.

PSCOs will be guided by a questionnaire listing a number of items to be covered during this concentrated inspection. The questionnaires will be
published on the websites of Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU in the beginning of August.

When deficiencies are found, actions by the port State may vary from recording a deficiency and instructing the master to rectify within a certain period to detention of the ship until deficiencies have been rectified.

In case of detention, publication in the monthly list of detentions available on the Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU web pages will take place.
The results of the campaign will be analysed and findings will be presented to the governing bodies of the MoUs’ for submission to the IMO.

Web-site: www.tokyo-mou.org

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