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Friday, July 26, 2019 

Lloyd's Register has advised shipowners, managers and crews that they need to be prepared for a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Emergency Systems and Procedures, a joint three-month initiative by the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Tokyo MoU on Port State Control (PSC).

The CIC, which runs from 1 September - 30 November 2019, aims to ensure that:

  • Ships can respond appropriately and promptly to emergency situations
  • Shipping companies and ship managers are reminded of the importance of ship emergency systems
  • On-board emergency systems are operated properly and managed efficiently
  • Masters and all seafarers understand their assigned roles, duties and emergency procedures and can act immediately when needed.

Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use this questionnaire to evaluate:

  • Normal operation of main emergency systems, such as emergency fire pumps, emergency generators and steering gear
  • Maintenance and operation of systems are being carried out at the proper intervals
  • Ship’s officers and crew’s familiarity with emergency systems and equipment operation.

If deficiencies are found, action by the port state can vary from recording the deficiency and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period to detention until serious deficiencies have been rectified.

Shipowners and managers are advised to highlight this information to ships and to ensure masters and seafarers are ready to meet the requirements of the CIC.

The full Class News can be found here.

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