Jun 262009

Not the best way to save lives

Those worried about lifeboat safety can draw some comfort that from September to November lifeboats will be subject to a concentrated inspection campaign, CIC, in a joint operation between the Paris and Tokyo MOUs. The aim is to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter III.

In practice the concentrated inspection campaign means that during every port state control inspection within the Paris and Tokyo MoU regions, lifeboat launching arrangements, maintenance records and other applicable documentation will be verified for compliance with SOLAS Chapter III.

A list of 20 selected items will be used to verify critical areas for the safety of lifeboat launching arrangements, some of which are related to documentation, equipment and familiarisation. PSCOs will apply a questionnaire listing a number of items to cover this concentrated inspection. The questionnaire will be published on the websites of Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU in the first week of August 2009.

Lifeboat release mechanisms that are identified as “Poor and unstable design” are to be replaced with equipment to meet the new requirements of the LSA Code.

A list of participating maritime authorities can be found here.

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.

It is expected that the Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU will carry out approximately 10,000 inspections during the CIC. 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.

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