New PSC Campaign Targeting Emergency Systems

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Tokyo and Paris MoU will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Emergency Systems and Procedures, starting on 1 September 2019.

The inspection campaign will be held for three months, ending 30 November 2019. It is understood the Black Sea, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Riyadh and Viña del Mar MoUs will also participate in the CIC.

A joint statement issued by the Paris and Tokyo MOUs advises that the main objectives of this CIC are to ensure that:

  • ships can respond appropriately and promptly to emergency situations
  • necessary measures are taken by shipping companies and ship managers and raise awareness of the importance of ship emergency systems
  • emergency systems installed on board can be properly operated and effectively managed in any emergency
  • the master and crew understand their assigned roles and duties in case of emergency

Port State Control (PSC) will use a list of 11 questions to assess that equipment provided onboard complies with the relevant regulation, the master and officers are qualified and familiar with shipboard emergency systems and that equipment is properly maintained and functioning.

The questionnaire containing these questions can be read here.

Members may wish to use this questionnaire to prepare their vessels for this upcoming CIC.