A Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) focusing on Emergency Systems and Procedures, announced on July 26th by the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control, begins this month (September). The inspection campaign began on September 1st and will run through to November 30th.
The CIC is focusing on a ship’s capability to respond promptly in an emergency scenario, the emergency systems installed onboard, the crew’s understanding of emergency duties, and the direct influence of shipping companies and managers on the importance of safety and emergency systems.
There are 11 additional inspection items:
1 Is the damage control plan readily available on board?
2 Is the public address system capable of broadcasting emergency announcements?
3 For ships with water level detectors installed, is the system and alarm arrangements operational?
4 Is the steering gear system and its related emergency alarms operational?
5 Does the muster list specify details in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS 1996-1998 Amendment, Chapter III, Regulation 37?
6 Does the emergency source of electrical power supply its power correctly to essential equipment for safety in an emergency?
7a Where the emergency source of electrical power is a generator, is it in correct operational condition?
7b Where the emergency source of electrical power is an accumulator battery, are the batteries and its switchboard in good condition?
8 Is the emergency fire pump in full operational condition?
9 Where a fire drill and/or abandon ship drill was witnessed, was it found to be satisfactory?
10 For the above checked emergency equipment, are the relevant crews familiar with the operation?
11 Has the ship been detained, as a result of the Inspection Campaign?