Frequent Deficiencies per PSC Authority

14 June 2017 |  C17024

We wish to bring to everyone’s attention the areas of inspection that record the most frequent deficiencies by each Port State Control (PSC) Authority at the Paris, Tokyo and Black Sea MoUs on PSC.

NOTICE TO
Ship Owners/ Managers/ Operators | Flag State Administrations | Surveyors/ Auditors

The analysis is carried out in an attempt to eliminate the number of deficiencies on board DBS ships.  The analysis includes areas of inspection and total deficiencies recorded by the three PSC Authorities and not deficiencies imposed to DBS fleet.  For the specific PSC areas of inspection that record the majority of deficiencies on board our fleet please download our annual reports here.

Paris MoU

The areas of inspection that record the majority of deficiencies within the Paris MoU are:

  • Fire safety [13.4%]
  • Safety of Navigation [13%]

Black Sea MoU

The areas of inspection that record the majority of deficiencies within the Black Sea MoU are:

  • Safety of Navigation [18%]
  • Lifesaving appliances [14%]
  • Fire safety [10%]

Tokyo MoU

The areas of inspection that record the majority of deficiencies within the Tokyo MoU are:

  • Fire safety [16.8%]
  • Safety of Navigation [14.1%]
  • Lifesaving appliances [11.8%]

For the full analysis please refer to the table overleaf.

Recommendation

Fire Safety

It is important to ensure that all fire dampers are properly closing, working and free from corrosion.  The emergency fire pump must easily be started and in good working condition.  The crew must be familiar with the use and start of the fire pumps.  During a test, it is important to ensure that the two fire hoses on deck have sufficient pressure.  The fire main and all hydrants must be in good condition without signs of corrosion or wastage and without soft patches as well as the couplings and valves must be free of leakages.  The fire doors must be properly closed with no hold-backs.  The fireman’s outfit must be in good condition, ready for use and its bottles filled up. Emergency Escape Breathing Devices (EEBDs) must be available in required amount (plus additional training units) and distributed as per fire plan within superstructure and engine room.  The international shore connection including reduces piece with appropriate bolds and nuts must be available as per approved Fire & Safety plan.

Safety of Navigation

You must ensure that charts and nautical publications are always updated for the intended voyage as well as the latest “Notice to Mariners” must be on board (refer to DBS publication here).  The passage plan must be written from berth to berth by the crew.  The magnetic compass must be readable from conning position, compass bowl must be without any air bubbles.  Steering gear including rudder angle indicator as well as emergency steering gear including switch-over devices must be in good operating condition and the steering gear alarm functioning. Also, instructions for switch-over handling must be posted in vicinity.  The AIS and VDR must be in good working condition, annual service tests must be carried out and necessary documentation found on board.  The LRIT must be in good working condition and the conformance test documentation must be found on board.  Lastly, the navigation lights, shapes and sound signals must be in good working condition and operable.

Lifesaving Appliances

The lifeboats/ rescue boats must be inspected for possible damages, the motor must start easily and the crew must be familiar with starting operations.  The on-load release gear position must be as required and all launching appliances must be in good order.  The necessary drills must be carried out (refer to DBS publication here).  The life rafts must be correctly fastened with HRU.  The lifejackets (including whistles plus lights and non-outdated batteries) must be in good condition and sufficient amount as per the SOLAS/SAFEQ Certificate. Additional lifejackets must be available on board.  All instructions and training manuals must be ship-specific.  The annual service tests of all LSA must be performed as required and valid certificates must be placed on board.

 

Areas of Inspection Paris MoU Black Sea MoU Tokyo MoU
2014 2015 % 2014 2015 2016 % 2014 2015 2016 %
Alarms 392 388 0.9% 46 43 72 0% 634 577 573 0.6%
Cargo operation including equipment 234 208 0.5% 51 65 141 0% 613 500 1382 0.9%
Certificate and Documentation – Crew Certificate 1541 1263 3.2% 347 240 202 1% 1534 1593 1559 1.7%
Certificate and Documentation – Documents 3491 2600 7.0% 1395 1157 1171 7% 6416 4500 4290 5.5%
Certificate and Documentation – Ship Certificate 2640 2375 5.7% 898 727 579 4% 2445 1910 1874 2.2%
Dangerous goods 107 67 0.2% 36 60 42 0% 183 352 287 0.3%
Emergnency systems 2092 2490 5.2% 745 933 960 5% 5093 5771 5011 5.7%
Fire Safety 6176 5558 13.4% 1568 1811 1846 10% 16654 15143 14960 16.8%
ISM 1801 1797 4.1% 523 584 443 3% 2699 2803 21192 9.6%
ISPS 337 337 0.8% 0 0 0 0% 1615 1389 1624 1.7%
Labour condition-Minimum requirements for seafarers to work on a ship 57 62 0.1% 7 4 6 0% 74 35 38 0.1%
Labour condition-Condition of employment 324 393 0.8% 37 26 30 0% 363 515 483 0.5%
Labour Condition-Accomodation, recreational facilities, food and catering 1352 1752 3.5% 88 102 198 1% 1017 998 1025 1.1%
Labour Condition-Health protection, medical care, welfare and social security 2218 2797 5.7% 1088 1062 1572 7% 983 1699 2172 1.7%
Life saving appliances 4016 3709 8.8% 2509 2604 2657 14% 10515 11213 10981 11.8%
Living and Working Conditions – Living Conditions 759 198 1.1% 326 395 261 2% 529 349 403 0.5%
Living and Working Conditions – Working Conditions 2195 966 3.6% 1559 1445 1132 8% 4134 2866 2501 3.4%
Other 399 266 0.8% 131 111 161 1% 876 722 537 0.8%
Antifouling 17 10 0.0% 4 0 1 0% 7 13 7 0.0%
Pollution Prevention – MARPOL Annex I 874 795 1.9% 285 251 293 2% 1679 1607 1609 1.8%
Pollution Prevention – MARPOL Annex II 27 16 0.0% 11 3 11 0% 13 17 25 0.0%
Pollution Prevention – MARPOL Annex III 4 5 0.0% 3 6 6 0% 33 30 12 0.0%
Pollution Prevention – MARPOL Annex IV 344 338 0.8% 69 73 52 0% 1199 1301 1119 1.3%
Pollution Prevention – MARPOL Annex V 596 609 1.4% 214 200 178 1% 1587 1252 1162 1.4%
Pollution Prevention – MARPOL Annex VI 458 470 1.1% 24 18 19 0% 758 847 845 0.9%
Propulsion and auxiliary machinery 2234 2020 4.9% 765 984 1093 5% 4549 4137 3817 4.5%
Radio Communication 1240 1011 2.6% 938 868 855 5% 2259 2231 2062 2.4%
Safety of Navigation 6195 5150 13.0% 3317 3161 3112 18% 14231 12619 12207 14.1%
Structural Condition 1904 1895 4.3% 1366 1161 1173 7% 2671 2422 2471 2.7%
Water/Weathertight Condition 2015 1893 4.5% 0 0 0 0% 5812 5584 5587 6.1%

 

Act now

Owners/ Managers are encourage to take a note of the above mentioned information and if necessary corrective actions to be implemented in order to avoid possible deficiencies.  We strongly encourage the crew on board to use DBS PSC Inspection Checklist, available in our annual publication, prior the ship’s arrival into port.

For further assistance on PSC matters please contact DBS Head Office through psc@dromon.com

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