The detention percentage per inspection of 0.78% in 2019 gives a 34% increase above the 0.58% recorded in 2018.

The region recorded a 12% increase in inspection efforts from 2,409 in 2018 to 2,695 inspections in 2019.

A total of 719 deficiencies were recorded which is lower than the 2018 figure of 727.

Correspondingly, the total number of 222 inspections-with-deficiencies is lower than the 224 figures of 2018.

The percentage inspections-with-deficiencies of 8.24 in 2019 is an 11% decrease below the 2018 figures of 9.29.

With respect to the categories of deficiencies, most deficiencies were recorded on:

  • Safety of Navigation 108 (15.02%);
  • Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery 105 (14.6%);
  • Living and Working conditions 85 (11.82%);
  • Ship’s certificates and documents 61 (8.49%);
  • Life-saving appliances 59 (8.21%);
  • Fire safety 45 (6.26%);
  • Structural conditions 36 (5.64%);
  • Emergency Systems 25 (3.48%);
  • Radio Communications 25 (3.48%)

One deficiency out of every seven deficiencies recorded was related to Safety of Navigation, which is 15.02% of all deficiencies recorded. It is also the topmost defective item recorded under SOLAS closely followed by Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery, Living and Working conditions and Ship’s certificates and documents.

Ship inspections

A total of 22 ship types were inspected in 2019.

The highest number of ship inspections relating to ship type were conducted on:

  • Bulk Carriers 1,014 (37.6%), followed by
  • Container ships 389 (14.4%),
  • General Cargo/multipurpose vessels 335 (12.4%),
  • Oil Tankers 283 (10.5%),
  • Refrigerated Cargo vessels 159 (5.9%),
  • Combination Carriers 119 (4.4%), and
  • Chemical Tankers 104 (3.9%)

See also: Tokyo MoU annual PSC report: Ship detentions increase in 2019

Ship deficiencies

The 222 of the inspections generated 719 deficiencies. The most notable deficiencies related to:

  • Ship’s certificates and documents 8.5%;
  • SOLAS Convention 60.5%;
  • MARPOL Convention 5.0%;
  • STCW Convention 1.7%;
  • Load Line Convention 2.1%;
  • ILO (MLC, 2006) 15.7%.

Number of inspections and deficiencies detected per ship type

Against the backdrop of the relevant instruments for the Abuja MoU PSC regime, SOLAS-related deficiencies still ranks the highest with 60.5% of all deficiencies recorded.

Ship detentions

The number of detentions increased to 21 from the 2018 figures of 14.

The detentions recorded were:

  • 38.09% for Offshore Supply;
  • 19.05% for General cargo/multipurpose;
  • 19.05% for Container ship;
  • 9.52% each for Bulk Carrier and Other special activities, and
  • 4.76% for Tugboat.

Number of Inspections with Detention Percentage

The figures come from 14 member States in Abuja MoU region: Benin; Republic of Congo; Democratic Republic of Congo; Cote d’Ivoire; Gabon; Gambia; Ghana; Guinea; Liberia; Nigeria; Senegal; Sierra Leone; South Africa and Togo.

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Abuja MoU PSC statistics