Passenger Ship HAVEC Report Considered at Paris MOU Meeting

By George Backwell
Monday, May 26, 2014
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The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) Committee met in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 19 - 23 May 2014. Among other matters, the report of the Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ships (objective to obtain a view of emergency preparedness on passenger ships) was discussed. Extracts from the Paris MoU's report on the meeting follow:

The meeting was attended by all members, the European Commission, EMSA, Montenegro, observers from the ILO, US Coast Guard, Black Sea MoU, Caribbean MoU, Mediterranean MoU, Tokyo MoU and Viña del Mar Agreement.

Since the implementation of the new inspection regime on 1st of January, 2011, there is a clear indication that it is showing positive results. The Committee agreed to seek further improvements, including the recording of convention references for all deficiencies by the 1st of July 2014.

Passenger Ship Safety
Whilst the results of the HAVEP indicate reasonable overall compliance with the SOLAS requirements for passenger ships, both from an operational point of view and safety equipment. “The two main areas of concern on a passenger ship are fire and flooding. If the situation escalates out of control, the ship must be able to be safely abandoned”, Mr. Richard Schiferli, Secretary General of the Paris MoU said.

The results of the HAVEP which are due to be published and submitted to the IMO next year  indicate that masters and operators must pay attention to carrying out regular realistic fire and abandon ship drills.

Concentrated Inspection Campaigns
High importance was given to the Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CICs). Jointly with the Tokyo MoU a CIC on hours of rest in accordance with the provisions of the STCW Convention is scheduled from September to November, this year.

A CIC focussing on Crew Familiarisation and Entry of Enclosed Spaces is planned in 2015. In addition, the Committee considered a number of options for other joint CICs with the Tokyo MoU for 2016 and beyond.

The report of the CIC on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery, carried out in September to November of 2013, was presented. Overall it was concluded that in general there was a good level of compliance with the SOLAS requirements covered by the scope of the CIC. The results will be published and submitted to the IMO.

Chairman's remarks
Mr. Brian Hogan from Ireland was unanimously re-elected as Chairman of the Port State Control Committee for a 4th period. The Vice-Chairman, Mr. Vitaly Klyuev from Russia, was also unanimously re-elected for the next three years.

On behalf of the Member States, Mr. Hogan concluded the meeting by remarking that significant progress has been made during this meeting and welcomed the Abuja MoU and Indian Ocean MoU as observers.

Further details at: www.parismou.org
 

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