The American Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is to run a Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) that will concentrate on safety of navigation. It will run from August 1st to September 30th. AMSA said that the FIC would aim to determine the:
- level of compliance with the safety of navigation requirements of International Conventions, and;
- familiarity of the master and officers with their processes for ensuring safety of navigation.
The campaign will be specific to Australia. It will apply to foreign flagged ships and Regulated Australian Vessels (RAVs) arriving at an Australian port.
AMSA inspectors will undertake the FIC in conjunction with a normal port or flag State control inspection and any port State control deficiencies will be reported to regional port State control databases. AMSA is encouraging ship owners and masters to familiarise themselves with the requirements of SOLAS Chapter V, Australian Marine Order 27 and their safety management systems implemented onboard. Inspectors will complete a checklist when conducting focused inspections so that AMSA can collate and report on the outcomes.