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Monday, April 23, 2018

PARIS MOU ANNOUNCES CONCENTRATED INSPECTION CAMPAIGN ON OIL TANKER SAFETY

Oil tankers which are more than 3000 GT and over 15 years old will be inspected for structural safety. In the wake of the Erika disaster, the Paris MOU Port State Control Committee, during its 33rd meeting in Southampton last month, agreed to mount a Concentrated Inspection Campaign aimed at the inspection of structural safety of oil tankers which are more than 3000 GT and more than 15 years old

Operational safety will also be included during the campaign, which will run from 1 September - 30 November 2000.

Paris MOU Authorities will inspect as many tankers as possible meeting the above criteria. In addition to the regular port State control inspection, specific items to be checked include the cargo deck area, ballast tanks, cargo tanks, pump rooms, inert gas system, PV valves and the engine room. There are, however, limitations on the number of spaces which can be inspected safely and the detail to which some areas within spaces can be examined. As with all port State control inspections only a sample of areas of the ship can be covered.

The Port State Control Committee adopted special inspection guidelines for this purpose, including an itemised inspection report giving an indication of the condition of the ship. In June 2000 Port State Control Officers from the 19 participating authorities attended a PSC seminar in London in preparation for this inspection campaign.

If excessive cracks, wastage or other damage is discovered the inspection will be extended as deemed appropriate and the classification society will be requested to attend the vessel. When deficiencies are found, sanctions by the port State may vary from recording the deficiency and instructing the master to rectify within 14 days to the detention of the ship until all deficiencies have been rectified. In case of detention, the ship could face the risk of follow-up inspections in other Paris MOU ports and publication in the monthly list of detentions issued by the Secretariat of the Paris MOU. Severe cases may even end up to be published on the website as a "Rustbucket of the Month".

Ship owners will also face the financial consequences if their ships are found to be in sub-standard condition and detained. The Paris MOU provides for all costs related to the inspection to be charged to the owner or operator of the ship.

The detention will not be lifted until full payment has been made or a sufficient guarantee for reimbursement has been given.

All inspections will be inserted in the SIRENAC database of the Paris MOU. The results of the campaign will be analysed at the end of this year and submitted to the Committee of the Paris MOU. “