The Tokyo and Paris MoUs have developed a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on emergency systems and procedures. The CIC will run from 1 September to 30 November 2019. This PSC news gives an overview of DNV GL’s recommendations for focus items and support for preparation.
The CIC on emergency systems and procedures starts on 1 September and will be performed by the following MoUs: Black Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Paris, Tokyo, Riyadh and Viña del Mar.
The CIC this year is a reminder of the importance of regular training for different emergency scenarios and the proper maintenance of technical systems to ensure readiness of crew and equipment in case of any emergencies. In particular, deficiencies related to emergency generators and fire pumps are still at the top of the list of detainable items. It goes without saying that due to the importance of the crew’s awareness and familiarization, these defects often trigger questions of implementation of the ISM system.
This CIC follows the same procedure as previous years: the CIC will be included in the routine PSC inspections in the respective period from September to November. A tailored questionnaire has been developed for every Port State Control Officer (PSCO) performing the inspection.
The additional questionnaire is expected to be published at the beginning of August to raise awareness for emergency systems and procedures on board. Once this checklist has been published, we will issue an additional news.
The CIC questionnaire usually focuses on the main deficiencies within this deficiency group during previous years. World statistics for the last three years show that the deficiencies in the main group “04 – Emergency Systems” are related to:
Most detainable deficiencies for DNV GL-classed vessels are related to
•emergency fire pump, and
Especially deficiencies related to the emergency source of power are in the general Top 10 list of detainable deficiencies, as illustrated here (data: PSC stats, 2017–2019, DNV GL analysis):
Considering the above deficiencies, we assume the questionnaire items will mainly relate to operational issues and the maintenance of emergency systems like the generator, fire pump and lighting. Furthermore, PSCOs will most likely ask the Master to perform a drill during the CIC. It is still not known if any deficiencies outside the main deficiency group “Emergency Systems”, e.g. Machinery Control, will be included in this year’s CIC.
Finally, it should be mentioned that all above-mentioned operational deficiencies and drills are mostly related to the Safety Management System (SMS) and will very likely trigger an ISMrelated deficiency, especially if they are numerous or reoccurring. Therefore, a specific ISM-related item might be part of the final questionnaire for the CIC. Some recommended actions ahead of the upcoming CIC campaign:
•Review if emergency installations are installed as per the ship’s plans
•Evaluate the effectiveness of maintenance of emergency systems (e.g. emergency fire pumps) and update accordingly
•Check documentation of drills and service reports on emergency systems
•Evaluate the effectiveness of emergency drills and perform additional trainings in case of the need for improvements
•Familiarize the crew with the additional questionnaire when it becomes published
The opinions expressed herein are the author's and not necessarily those of The Xinde Marine News.
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