Paris MoU launches pilot for harmonized PSC on global fishing vessels

Paris MoU launches pilot for harmonized PSC on global fishing vessels
Paris MoU launches pilot for harmonized PSC on global fishing vessels

According to Paris MoU, there has been increased attention on fishing vessel safety, prevention of pollution and working and living conditions onboard these boats. Consequently, the implementation of Port State Control on fishing vessels has become a matter of attention as well.

The conventions applicable to fishing vessels already make it possible for Port State Control Authorities to inspect fishing vessels operating internationally. And quite a lot of the members of the Paris MoU do. Given the accident statistics regarding fishing vessels, but also the increasing regulation of such craft, the Paris MoU is conducting a pilot to evaluate whether it could be of added value to implement a harmonized PSC approach on internationally operating fishing vessels. Continue reading “Paris MoU launches pilot for harmonized PSC on global fishing vessels”

100 ships found with deficiencies with Pilot Transfer Arrangements

Deficiencies found in pilot ladder arrangements. Photo credit: Antonio Alcaraz
Deficiencies found in pilot ladder arrangements. Photo credit: Antonio Alcaraz

Between 10 July and 9 August 2023 the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control conducted a Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) on Pilot Transfer Arrangements. According to Paris MoU, a total of 1,262 Port State Control inspections were carried out, during which 100 ships were found with one or more deficiencies with their aarrangements.

The Paris MoU is trialling an alternative approach to the regular Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CICs) by conducting several short targeted inspection campaigns referred to as Focused Inspection Campaigns (FICs). In the coming months more such FICs are scheduled. Continue reading “100 ships found with deficiencies with Pilot Transfer Arrangements”

Guidance on how to comply with PSC focus on firefighting and clean machinery spaces

There has been an increased focus on the proper operation of PSC firefighting equipment and cleanliness of machinery spaces.
There has been an increased focus on the proper operation of PSC firefighting equipment and cleanliness of machinery spaces.

The Liberian Administration has released guidance on how to comply with the recent focused trend of inspection of machinery spaces by various Port State Control (PSC) regimes.

There has been an increased focus on the proper operation of PSC firefighting equipment and cleanliness of machinery spaces. Specifically, the following items are consistently noted by Port State Control Officers: Continue reading “Guidance on how to comply with PSC focus on firefighting and clean machinery spaces”

Revised Port State Control procedures effective from January 2024

The Sub-Committee on the Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) 9th session took place 31 July to 04 August 2023 where, among other things, the draft amendments to the Procedures for Port State Control were finalised.
The Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III) brings together flag, port and coastal States to consider implementation issues, including the analysis of consolidated audit summary reports from the mandatory IMO Member state Audit Scheme. Lloyd’s Register has helpfully has provided the following summary and overview highlighting key outcomes from the session:

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ClassNK Annual Port State Control report

Recently published, the annual Port State Control (PSC) report from ClassNK reveals that in 2022 a total of 1,214 detainable deficiencies were reported and 313 detentions were made. Issues around fire safety topped the list and worryingly show a big increase over the previous year.

The Annual Report summarises deficiencies identified during PSC inspections carried out in various countries around the world. This report is prepared with the objective of building awareness of the present state of PSC and thereby improving future onboard maintenance and inspections as well as Safety Management Systems. Continue reading “ClassNK Annual Port State Control report”

Key guidance for machinery space deficiencies

Key guidance for machinery space deficiencies
Key guidance for machinery space deficiencies

The Republic of Liberia has issued guidance to alert shipowners and operators, masters and surveyors and recognised oganisations based on recent trends observed during the inspection of machinery spaces.

The following items are consistently noted by Port State Control Officers:
– Engine room water mist system set in “Manual” mode.
– Fuel oil quick closing valves blocked open by use of wedges or wires.
– Pipes insulation laggings wrongly installed, soaked in fuel oil or missing.
– Excessive fuel, oil accumulation and lubrication oil leaks in machinery spaces, auxiliary engines, steering gear room or purifier room. Continue reading “Key guidance for machinery space deficiencies”

ABS releases Port State Control deficiencies from quarter 4 in 2022

Port State Control inspections have proven to be an effective tool for eliminating substandard vessels that may be in operation, which may impact maritime safety and the marine environment.

A ship is regarded as substandard if the hull, machinery, equipment or operational safety and the protection of the environment is substantially below the standards required by the relevant conventions or if the crew is not in conformity with the safe manning document.

Evidence that the ship, its equipment, or its crew do not comply substantially with the requirements of the relevant conventions or that the master or crew members are not familiar with essential shipboard procedures relating to Continue reading “ABS releases Port State Control deficiencies from quarter 4 in 2022”

Risk and resilience guidelines for ports, harbors and terminals published

The International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH) has published its new risk and resilience guidelines for ports, as well as details of a new risk inventory portal aimed at sharing best practices on risk mitigation and management for ports.

According to ISO 31000 (2018), risk is the effect of uncertainty on achieving the objectives, often quantified as the Likelihood of the occurrence of an event multiplied by its Impact (L x I). While risk is generally perceived as a negative thing, we should keep in mind that it can just as well be a positive outcome, linked to a certain likelihood (i.e. an opportunity). Continue reading “Risk and resilience guidelines for ports, harbors and terminals published”

World-leading Brisbane Shipyard expansion wins council approval

Photo credit: Rivergate Marina and Shipyard
Photo credit: Rivergate Marina and Shipyard

A Brisbane Shipyard is a major step closer to becoming the Asia Pacific region’s premier superyacht destination and a more strategic location for defence and commercial vessels after Rivergate Marina and Shipyard gained approval for a $200 million expansion.

Brisbane City Council has approved Rivergate’s Development Application for an expanded maintenance and refit hub based on the Brisbane River, which would be the catalyst for a jobs and economic bonanza for Queensland’s marine and tourism industries. Continue reading “World-leading Brisbane Shipyard expansion wins council approval”

What to know about hatch cover maintenance

What to know about hatch cover maintenance
What to know about hatch cover maintenance

In association with McAusland Turner, The Shipowners Club has published advice on effective hatch cover maintenance for dry cargo ships including preventative action against ingress of water. According to the Club, one of the key requirements in cargo vessel operations is ensuring that the cargo is delivered to the discharge port in the same condition in which it was loaded. Despite improvements in the methods for ensuring that hatch covers are weathertight, claims for wetted cargo that has resulted from water ingress through hatch covers are still being experienced.

In order to ensure that hatch covers are closed sufficiently it is vital that the correct procedures are followed every time the hatches are closed and opened. This can be achieved by ensuring that crew are duly familiar with the manufacturer’s operating instructions, the company’s on board operation procedures, risk assessments and any other relevant policies related to these operations. Occasionally, Continue reading “What to know about hatch cover maintenance”

Cruising Association: New survey suggests four out of five are set to quit long-term cruising in EU waters

Cruising Association new report. Image credit: Gordon Knight/EIWS/CA
Cruising Association new report. Image credit: Gordon Knight/EIWS/CA

A survey carried out amongst Cruising Association (CA) members who keep their boats on the rivers and canals of Schengen countries has revealed that 80% of British owners are likely to sell their boats and give up cruising altogether, or move their base to a non-Schengen country.

Overall figures for coastal cruising boat owners are expected to be broadly similar although with more sailing out of Schengen waters to other cruising grounds.

The failure of the UK government to negotiate a fair deal with the EU means that UK citizens can now only visit Schengen countries for 90 Continue reading “Cruising Association: New survey suggests four out of five are set to quit long-term cruising in EU waters”

Funding campaign launched to save the oldest floating Clyde-built vessel in the UK

Funding campaign launched to save the oldest floating Clyde-built vessel in the UK
Funding campaign launched to save the oldest floating Clyde-built vessel in the UK

The Scottish Maritime Museum has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for vital repairs to, what it believes, is the oldest floating Clyde-built vessel in the UK.

Built by John Fullerton & Co. at Paisley, the 1872 cargo coaster MV Kyles is a rare survivor from the 19th century, a transformational period on the River Clyde when shipyards embraced the possibilities of steam power to become important to shipbuilding.

Kyles, which is moored on Irvine Harbourside at the Scottish Maritime Museum’s main site, reaches its 150th birthday in 2022. But a hard working life, being adapted for different roles across the UK by 24 different owners, has taken a huge toll. Essential repairs are now needed if this historic vessel is to remain part of Scotland’s living maritime heritage. Continue reading “Funding campaign launched to save the oldest floating Clyde-built vessel in the UK”

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