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Monday, July 16, 2018

DETAILS OF PARIS MOU CONCENTRATED INSPECTION CAMPAIGN ON OIL TANKER SAFETY

Inquiries were made as to who would be deciding that the internals of a tank required inspection and based on what criteria. In addition who would be liable for the cost of any delays and the cost of preparing the tank(s) for entry.

The Paris MOU Secretariat had no answer to this, and it remains to be seen how this will be implemented on a country-by-country basis. Details of the campaign follow in their attached press release.

The concentrated Inspection Campaign will be for tankers greater than 15 years old above 3,000 GT. Inspectors have been advised to discuss their inspection plans with the Master before commencing the inspection and before any tank inspection, which must be declared safe to enter by “a specialist company”.

The inspector will look for the following:

  1. ESP Survey Report File found on board.
  2. Class status printout on board, (They will be asked to verify where and when the last annual survey for Safcon took place.)
  3. Cargo deck area checked in satisfactory condition. (They pay particular attention to buckling of deck plating, leakage from dresser couplings etc.)
  4. Ballast tanks checked in satisfactory condition. (It does not say to what level this should be done but suggests that inspectors pay particular attention to deck longitudinal, to deck plating connections, cracks in ships side, longitudinal bulkhead stiffeners, etc.)
  5. Cargo tanks checked in satisfactory condition. (Similar to ballast tanks.)
  6. Pumproom checked in satisfactory condition. (Paying particular attention to oil leakage or fractures at bulkheads, sealing arrangements, general cleanliness, sea chest connections and integrity of Ex-proof lamps.)
  7. Inert Gas System checked in satisfactory condition. (Paying particular attention to tightness/condition of deck lines, function of deck water seal including alarm, O2 content, if plant is in operation.
  8. P/V valves moveable.
  9. Engine room checked in satisfactory condition. (Paying particular attention to; general cleanliness, log book. Checks to automatic standby start of fuel, cooling and lubricating pumps, along with propulsion machinery, auxiliary machinery & turbo charger. Check potential flexible hoses of fuel and lubricating systems. Check integrity of double walled piping for high pressure fuel lines. Check condition of isolation of exhaust pipes.)

Interestingly there is a check box on the inspector’s form in which he has to indicate how many ballast tanks and how many cargo tanks have been inspected. What is unknown is the severity of application of the concentrated inspection campaign by the participating States. It can be expected that there will be a wide variation not only between the participating States but also the ports within those States. The Secretariat were unable to give any indication, but commented that there had been some strong bluster in their recent meeting, and they would be interested to see if it was followed through.  

For further information, please contact robert.bishop@intertanko.com