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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

IMO INVITES DISCUSSION ON THE PROLIFERATION OF INSPECTIONS

The meeting was held on 9 February at IMO Headquarters, under the Chairmanship of the IMO Secretary General Mr W.A. O’Neil.

It was attended by senior officers from BIMCO, CEFIC/CDI, IACS, ICS, IFSMA, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, IPTA, ISMA, IUMI, OCIMF, & SIGTTO. The meeting opened with a statement by Mr O’Neil highlighting his concerns regarding the proliferation of inspections. A comprehensive discussion ensued and the following was agreed

Flag State Administrations

** In view of the increasingly beneficial impact on safety and environmental protection expected from the full implementation of the ISM Code, measures should be taken to promote greater awareness among parties concerned of the role of the ISM Code as an indicator of an accepted level of safe operation; and

** IMO’s Marine Safety Committee will be invited to issue an MSC circular to this effect.

Port State Control Authorities

** PSC control inspections should be simplified through improved procedures and co-operation amongst the various MOUs and PSC regional agreements.

** Better exchange through an international database should be accelerated, with a view to improving targeting of inspections and the eliminating duplicate or unnecessary inspections.

** Action should be taken by IMO aimed at encouraging MOUs and PSC agreements to improve their policies and procedures in line with the proposals of the industry made at the meeting.

** IMO will assist in the establishment of the global network.

Industry Partners

** A greater co-operation between charterers/shippers in the mutual recognition of inspection records should be established.

Class and IACS

** Efforts should be made to strengthen trust in Classification Societies inspections.

** The meeting concluded that the services rendered by Classification Societies had been beneficial to shipping and that the industry needed a strong IACS.

** A number of points were introduced by INTERTANKO on the need to end the diminution of scantlings and extra class notations; the need for IACS to investigate class matters following an incident and make them public; a review of TOCA and their procedures.

Follow the link for a copy of the IMO press release