Abuja MoU shared its PSC statistics for 2019, revealing 2,695 inspections were carried out on 2,091 ships. There was a total of 21 detentions during the year, resulting in a 50% increase in the number of detentions compared to 2018, when 14 detentions were reported. SOLAS deficiencies ranked the highest with 60.5% of all deficiencies recorded.
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.
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%)
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%.
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.
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.
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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