The Sub-Committee is expected to finalize updates, including the updated Survey Guidelines under the Harmonized System of Survey and Certification, the Non-exhaustive list of obligations under instruments relevant to the IMO instruments implementation Code (III Code), and Procedures for PSC, for adoption by the IMO Assembly at its 31st session in November 2019.
A further draft resolution on Guidance on communication of information by Member States will also be finalized.
Following completion of the analysis of the first consolidated audit summary report at the last session, the Sub-Committee is expected to consider a proposal for a new output on the development of additional guidance in relation to the audit scheme.
Meanwhile, the meeting will examine how to harmonize PSC activities and procedures worldwide, and will receive the report of a correspondence group.
Preparations will be made for the holding of a Workshop for PSC MoU/Agreement Secretaries and Database Managers (scheduled to take place in 2020).
At present, there are nine regional PSC regimes. Particular attention will be paid to the forthcoming 2020 sulphur cap, following the adoption of specific PSC guidance by the MEPC 74.
The Sub-Committee will also consider a proposal for a new output to develop a training manual for new entrants as flag State surveyors/PSC inspectors.
Finally, another key agenda item is the review and analysis of maritime casualties.
The Sub-Committee will namely consider the analysis and review of 27 marine safety investigation reports, with a view to making recommendations for lessons learned and for any further regulatory work which may be needed.
It will also consider the need for a robust strategy on the wider collection and utilization of casualty data.