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Sunday, February 18, 2018

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DMA to Digitalise Port State Control

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

The Danish Maritime Authority (DMA) and European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) are examining how online control of certificates could make Port State Control (PSC) inspections more efficient. This happens in the wake of the DMA’s implementation of digital certificates on Danish ships. Time is money, and PSC inspections are time-consuming since they include scrutiny of the ship’s certificates as well as inspection of its compliance with operational and safety regulations. But how to make PSC inspections more efficient without compromising safety? By enabling online control of certificates.

IMO Addressing Substandard Shipping Issues

Photo: International Maritime Organization

International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim has stressed the vital importance of collaborative efforts to leave ‘no hiding place’ for substandard shipping. Lim was addressing the third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control in Vancouver, Canada (May 3-4). Port State Control is the mechanism that enables officials from a port state to board and inspect foreign-flag ships to ensure they comply with the necessary safety and environmental regulations.

Report: The State of U.S. Port State Control

(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard. CLICK PICTURE to go to the 27-page Report) The U.S. Coast Guard released its report on Port State Control in the United States. In addition to its usual analysis of boardings of foreign vessels calling in U.S. ports, this year’s report introduces the application of marine security principles into the port state control regime. Owners, operators, flag administrations, and recognized security organizations should take heed. (HK Law).

New ABS Guide for Reducing PSC Detentions

ABS Guide for Reducing Port State Control Detentions - courtesy ABS

New mobile-friendly, interactive format makes it easy to define and address Port State Control compliance concerns to reduce detentions. (Houston)  ABS, a leading provider of classification and technical services to the global marine and offshore industries, has released an enhanced version of its Guidance for Reducing Port State Control Detention. The new Guidance provides the most updated information for maintaining compliance with current Port State Control laws in a mobile-friendly and interactive format.

Port-State Control Guide Published

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Safebridge Hosts German Port State Control

Photo courtesy of Safebridge

Safebridge, a provider of web-based e-learning products for the maritime industry, providing online, onboard and classroom training for nautical officers and captains, hosted the Port State Control of Germany in January 2016 offering a customized Basic ECDIS Training for the inspection officers of the BG Verkehr, the Authority responsible for conducting Port State inspections on vessels hailing German ports. The training covered the legal, technical and operational requirements for the carriage of ECDIS as primary means of navigation.

Commission Takes France and Ireland to Court of Justice

The Commission decided to bring an action in the Court of Justice against France and Ireland for their failure to enforce legislation on the State control of vessels in their ports. Directive 95/21/EC on port State control aims in fact to reduce the number of substandard ships in Community waters and lays down that at least 25 percent of the number of ships entering the ports of a Member State should be inspected. The Commission is asking the Court of Justice to declare that, in not observing this annual threshold of 25 percent of ships inspected by the port State, as provided for in the Community legislation, Ireland and France have infringed European maritime safety rules.

Bulk Carrier Detained in Portland

The U.S. Coast Guard said it detained the 579-foot motor vessel  Strategic Synergy, Tuesday, requiring the vessel to remain in Portland until numerous safety violations are corrected by the ship’s crew. The Strategic Synergy, owned by SBC Synergy PTE. LTD., intends to load grain in Portland and will depart for Ecuador after the safety violations have been met. Port State Control Officers from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Portland discovered the discrepancies during a routine inspection of the newly constructed Singapore-flagged vessel. Strategic Synergy’s voyage to the United States was its maiden voyage after completing construction in China on April 23, 2014.

EC: Safety and Port State Control Require Proper Implementation of Rules

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, I am deeply concerned that some countries still have not implemented properly legislation on Port State control that dates back to 2002”, said Vice-President Jacques Barrot in charge of transport.

Tokyo MOU to establish Detention Review Panel

The Tokyo MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) on Port State Control issued a Notice stating that, effective 1 January 2005, it is establishing a Detention Review Panel. The purpose of the Panel is to review, at the request of a flag state or recognized organization, specific port state control inspections undertaken by Tokyo MOU members. If the views of the Panel support the flag state or the recognized organization, the port state will be requested to reconsider its decision. The findings of the Panel are not binding and may not be used as a ground for claiming a financial compensation. (HK Law)

ClassNK Releases Annual Report on Port State Control

Classification society ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report, which aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2014, is available for download here. PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation.

ClassNK's Report on Port State Control

Deficiencies Photo ClassNk

ClassNK released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2015. PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation. They oversee not only the physical structures and components of a ship…

ClassNK Publishes Annual Report on Port State Control

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Valerie Walker)

ClassNK has released its annual report on Port State Control. The report aims to assist ship operators and management companies in maintaining compliant operations by providing information about ships detained by PSC as well as deficiencies that were found on board from many port states in 2016. PSC inspections ensure that vessels departing the port meet international standards and have proved to be highly effective in eliminating substandard ships that are in operation. They oversee not only the physical structures and components of a ship…

Cargo Ship Held in Seattle for Safety Violations

Containership Lowlands Kamsar has been detained by U.S. Coast Guard personnel in Seattle, Monday, after a Port State Control exam detected several safety violations. The Lowlands Kamsar a 751-foot, Panamanian-flagged ship will remain in Sector Puget Sound's Captain of the Port zone until the violations are corrected, the Coast Guard said. During the exam Coast Guard Port State Control officers discovered that the automatic fire extinguishing system that protects the vessel’s engine room had been disabled by the crew, additionally, the vessel’s owner, Misuga S.A., failed to ensure that appropriate corrective action was taken. The crew of the ship was conducting cargo operations in Seattle at the time of the exam. Lt.

Port State Control across Continents Target Sulphur Compliance

Photo Danish Maritime Authority

The two major port State control regimes - Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU - will increase focus on the sulphur limit regulations. The decision has been made on the basis of a Danish/Dutch proposal. Port State control authorities across 45 countries and 5 continents – South America, North America, Europe, Asia and Australia – have agreed to carry out a so-called Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) in 2018 focusing on air pollution from ships. Peter Krog-Meyer, Senior Adviser of the Danish Maritime Authority informed, ”We have achieved two important results.

Cruise Ships Under Special 2013 MoU Scrutiny

The Paris MoU Port State Control Committee's Harmonized Verification Programme (HAVEP) on passenger ship operational safety controls will last throughout 2013. Steamship Mutual advises its members to prepare for Port State Control Inspections, pointing out that passenger ferries and passenger high-speed craft are excluded from the HAVEP. During the HAVEP, Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will witness an operational control comprising a standard emergency scenario which will include a simulated machinery/other space fire, a passenger evacuation leading to muster drill and an abandon ship drill, which will include lowering of lifeboats to the water and being taken away under power.

Release of ClassNK’s Annual Report on Port State Control

ClassNK Chairman and President Noboru Ueda.

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. In addition, this report is downloadable for free from ClassNK’s website.

EMSA Launches RuleCheck Port State Control System

inspections in ports to be undertaken more efficiently and effectively. related ship inspections have become more and more complex. different rules that apply to a selected ship at the time of an inspection. Shipping (KRS). Executive Director Willem de Ruiter. are applied properly in carrying out their work. more efficient and effective way in the future. Conventions have been getting more and more complex over time. varying dates of implementation and; they often do not apply to all ship types. complicated in the future. improve the situation. EU and surrounding countries) agreed on the need for a simplified system. provide a link to the instruction issued by the Paris MOU. the whole port state control regime. relating to port state control. deliver the RuleCheck system. possible.

Paris MOU To Enforce ISM Compliance

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 also be subject to the inspection campaign to verify that the safety management system (SMS) is actually working on board.Port State Control officers in the MOU countries will be using a standard inspection form to verify critical areas of the management system.

EU Supports African Maritime Administrations

The European Union (EU) is funding a €1.2 million grant contract, signed between IMO and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to support training and capacity-building activities aimed at enhancing flag State implementation and port State control in Western and Central Africa, with a view to upgrading the region’s maritime administrations and preparing its States for the mandatory IMO audit scheme. IMO will be executing the two-year program, identifying the individual countries’ needs in terms of enhancing their capacity to carry out their flag State responsibilities. There will also be a focus on port State control…

MOL Containership Detained in Seattle

Port State Control officers from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound detained the container ship MOL Precision in Seattle, Thursday after discovering several significant violations during a port state control exam of the Panamanian-flagged ship, which will remain in Sector Puget Sound's Captain of the Port zone until the violations are corrected. The coast guard said violations included defective oil bilge line filtering equipment, missing security training records and not sending required ballast tank information to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse prior to entering a U.S. port. The 962-foot containership MOL Precision’s oil bilge line filtering equipment had a nonfunctional alarm and intermittently operating meter…

8 Foreign Flagged Ships Detained in UK

Port State Control inspection

Eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. During November, there were 6 new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port. 2 vessels remained under detention from previous months and 5 vessels were released during November. A total of 3 vessels remain under detention at the end of November. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson’s Inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (2009/16/EC as amended)…

Gard Alert: Port state CICs in 2016

Photo: Gard

This year’s concentrated inspection campaigns (CICs) by port state authorities will focus on compliance with the Maritime Labour Convention and the vessel’s Cargo Securing Manual. Their CIC for 2016 is aimed at verifying compliance with relevant parts of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) and the campaign demonstrates the importance of decent working and living conditions onboard ships, as well as ensuring that seafarers’ rights are respected. The MLC entered into force…

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