Port State Control Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex I from February

Beginning 1 February 2006, the Paris and the Tokyo MoUs on Port State Control (PSC) together with the Latin American Agreement on PSC, will launch a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on MARPOL Annex I requirements on all ships.  

During the CIC, the PSC Officers (PSCO) are required, in addition to their routine controls on foreign flagged ships, also to perform detailed verifications of specific items related to compliance with the IMO International Conventions. Each CIC has a limited time, and PSC Officers conduct such inspections in accordance with a standard Check List. The CIC on MARPOL Annex I requirements will last for three months and thus will be concluded on 30 April 2006.  

We understand that the Check List focuses very much on the condition and functionality of onboard equipment for the treatment of sludge and bilge water, including evidence of compliant discharge, storage or incineration as appropriate per MARPOL Annex I requirements. We understand there are some 12 items to be checked, including: 

- correct entries into the IOPPC of the type approval for the oil filtering equipment, the incinerator, and the auxiliary boiler for burning oil residues;

- onboard plan for maintenance, testing and inspection of the oil filtering equipment, including records of the carrying out of these procedures;

- control of proper operation of the 15ppm alarm, of the 3-way valve or the stopping device;

- the arrangements for discharge of sludge/oil waste to shore facilities and records of such use of the incinerator or the auxiliary boiler for onboard burning, if there are no discharges at shore facilities;

- the remaining capacity in the sludge and the bilge water tanks and whether these are sufficient for the intended next voyage;

- any sign/evidence of illegal arrangements to bypass the oily water discharge system or the discharge system of the onboard generated sludge. 

Please be aware that, in case PSCO find deficiencies in the items listed on this CIC Check List, they would have "clear grounds for a more detailed inspection" to extend verification to additional related items. 

INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO are preparing a Guide for Treatment of Engine Room Wastes to assist members in adopting enhanced design and improved operation of this equipment. For that purpose we would welcome feedback from your experience of this CIC. Similarly, any feedback with regard to PSC observations on entries in the Oil Record Book would be appreciated.  

Members already use the INTERTANKO Guide for Correct Entries in the Oil Record Book, which is proving to be very useful. However, feedback from members could bring further clarification for uniform interpretation of entries in the ORB. 

Contact: Dragos Rauta