The North of England P&I club and Intercargo have published a second edition of their unique and popular guide on how shipowners should prepare for port-state control inspections. Port State Control - A Guide for Cargo Ships has been updated throughout and includes a comprehensive new chapter on the commercial implications of delays, detentions and banning orders. According to Tony Baker of the North of England's risk-management department, port-state control inspections are increasing in intensity and scope every year. 'In 2002 over 60,000 inspections were carried out by the top five port-state control regions, resulting in the detention of more than 3,500 ships. The introduction of the ISPS Code and new IMO con conventions on anti-fouling and ballast water, due for adoption in 2004, will further increase the risk to voyages unless shipowners are properly prepared for inspections,' he says Baker points out that the commercial implications for a shipowner of failing a port-state control inspection can be severe. 'Apart from loss of reputation and future earnings, a failed inspection can compromise an owner's ability to fulfil contractual obligations under charterparties, contracts for the carriage of goods and sale-and-purchase agreements,' he says. The 48-page illustrated A4 guide has been written by Intercargo's former safety, environmental and technical manager Peter Kidman in association with
The Paris MOU on Port State Control will start strict enforcement of the ISM Code on 1 July during a 3-month Concentrated Inspection Campaign. Last month the Port State Control Committee of the Paris MOU agreed to verify compliance with the ISM on all ships due for an inspection in one of the ports within the region. No extensions will be granted to the ship types which become compliant on July 1, 2002. Other ship types which already have been certified in accordance with the ISM Code will
The European Commission sent reasoned opinions – the last step before lodging a case to the Court of Justice – to Italy and Malta for failure to respect EU legislation on port State control of shipping. Latvia was also sent a reasoned opinion for failure to transpose into national law EU legislation on maritime safety and the prevention of pollution by ships. “While the European Commission has just adopted a third set of measures to reinforce maritime safety
The IMO issued a Circular providing guidance relating to the implementation of SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code. It was pointed out that a written Declaration of Security is generally unnecessary in routine situations and that port state control officials at subsequent port calls should not expect such documents to be in the ship’s records. Port facility security plans should specifically include provisions relating to access to visiting ships by owners’ representatives
The U.S. Coast Guard released its Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) relating to port state control targeting and boarding policy for vessel security and safety. The NVIC provides functional descriptions and responsibilities relating to targeting of foreign vessels for security boardings and for maritime security and safety compliance examinations. It also provides procedures for security boardings; for maritime security and safety examinations; and for reporting, notifying
In May 2013, the Committee of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) adopted amendments to the Memorandum to include the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) as a relevant instrument. This makes the MLC requirements officially subject to port state control (PSC), with the potential for more detailed inspections, expanded inspections and the possibility of detention in serious cases of non-compliance or where hazardous conditions exist.
USCG Marine Safety Office (MSO) Puget Sound will conduct a maritime transportation security enforcement forum in Seattle on October 14. Topics on the agenda include facility security, declarations of security, port state control, ballast water management, domestic vessel security, and vessel-facility interfaces. (HK Law)
IMO has issued advice to port state control officers that, for a period of six months after the February 1, 2002 implementation deadline for the revised Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 95), ships whose officers do not hold STCW 95 certificates or flag state endorsements need not be detained. The move comes in recognition of the fact that many seafarers have not yet been able to obtain the necessary certification required by the
International classification society RINA has been recognized by the Paris MOU as the best performing Recognised Organisation in 2009. At its 43rd meeting the Paris MOU Committee approved the 2009 Port State Control inspection results for ships and adopted new performance lists for Flag States and Recognised Organizations. These lists take effect from 1 July 2010 and show RINA as having the best performance in the high quality section of the list of classification societies.
ClassNK (Chairman and President: Noboru Ueda) has announced the release of ClassNK’s Annual Report on Port State Control for the year 2012. This year’s report is gathering all the data on declarations made to the Society by Port States throughout the world, containing also, among others, the newest statistics published on Tokyo MOU, and furthermore, it includes an annual report related to the ISM Code with detailed information on its application by each country
The 'Donald Duckling' was detained by the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) this week after an inspection revealed a long list of safety concerns, and will not be allowed to leave the Port of Tyne until mechanical and safety issues are resolved, reports the 'Shields Gazette'.
NauticalManager from Jeppesen allows mariners to easily plan, generate and document routes using an ECDIS and onboard PC. It also makes it simple to create the reports required by port state control and class auditors for checking a vessel’s ECDIS compliance.
Commercial seaborne shipping is regulated by international, EU and national authorities and is subject to a number of commercially oriented constraints. The long history and large number of organizations associated with regulation has led to a high level of complexity in managing the development
Within the last year, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has issued several port state control (PSC) detentions due to inoperative water mist systems on vessels trading to the US. In nearly every case, the water supply valve was found to be in the closed position during the PSC
Jeppesen say that their new FlatFee licensing for its official Electronic Navigation Charts (ENCs) makes accessing and using them easy, cost effective and planning friendly. Jeppesen FlatFee lets mariners purchase some or all of nine worldwide zones at an affordable fixed price
Bulk carriers entered in the UK Club have the lowest number of Port State Control deficiencies when inspected according to the latest edition of “Benchmarking Bulk Carriers” published by Intercargo, and reported in the UK Club''s news.
The SOCP cordially invites the maritime community to attend the SOCP Annual Fall Meeting, celebrating 20 Years of Collaboration & Innovation to Improve the U.S. Maritime Industry . This event will be held at MITAGS-PMI-CCMIT, 692 Maritime Boulevard, Linthicum, MD 21090 on November 6-7, 2013
Seafarers feel they spend too much time on tasks they consider to be an administrative burden according to the findings of a study by the Danish Maritime Authority, supported by InterManager, the international trade association for ship and crew managers.
The Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China and the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation have signed a MOU on navigational safety and marine environment protection in Beijing. Both sides reached a consensus on a comprehensive cooperation of maritime safety
As the demand for LNG grows, the Chinese government has recognized that in expanding its LNG capabilities, it must build-up the skill set of its maritime professionals in this vital sector. A new course created by Braemar Engineering aims to support this growing demand for LNG expertise in China
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) debuted a new web-based information resource to assist shipping companies to implement the International Labor Organization (ILO) Maritime Labor Convention (MLC). The ILO MLC entered into force worldwide in August although, in practice for many ships
Martek Marine, manufacturer of the drinking water testing kit, Drinksafe, is advising owners to ensure that they are aware of the requirements of port state control and flag state water testing requirements in response to the Maritime Labor Convention 2006.
MV Balder, equipped with Exhaust Gas Cleaning System (EGCS) from Clean Marine, is reported to be the first vessel in the world to operate this type of system in the U.S. Emission Control Area (ECA). Upon arrival in Baltimore recently, the vessel’s Master sought approval from the coast guard
The new provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC) – the seafarers "bill of rights' – have been beginning to bite since they came into effect in August 2013. The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) reports that eight ships were detained for
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in U.K. ports during October 2013 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in U.K