The Indian Ocean MoU shared its preliminary results on the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Emergency Systems and Procedures that took place in the region from 1 September 2019 and 30 November 2019. During that period, IOMOU authorities detained a total of nine ships for issues related to the CIC.
This campaign was conducted in conjunction with the CIC of the Tokyo MoU, Paris MoU and other MoUs. The Campaign aimed to establish that ships are capable of responding appropriately to emergency situations to prevent casualties.
During the course of the campaign, member Authorities of the IOMOU carried out inspections of 1,497 individual ships with 62 detentions.
From these, 1,274 inspections of individual ships were undertaken covering 63 flags, using the CIC questionnaire.
This resulted in detention of 9 ships for CIC related deficiencies, resulting in a CIC topic related detention rate of 0.70%.
The highest number of CIC inspections occurred on ships under the flag of:
- Panama with 262 (20.56%) inspections, followed by
- Liberia with 172 (13.50%) inspections and
- Marshall Island with 149 (11.69%) inspections.
A total of 24 flags covering 7.06% of the total CIC inspections had 109 CIC-related deficiencies.
Regarding the ship’s type, the highest number of CIC inspections were:
- bulk carriers 605 (47.48%) followed by
- container ship 168 (13.18%), and
- General Cargo Multipurpose Ship 126 (9.89%).
During the Campaign, 1,265 ships’ steering gear system and its related emergency alarms were operational.
The most significant deficiencies found during the campaign were related to questionnaires 10, 5, 8, and 7b which are as follows:
- Crew were not familiar with the operation of emergency equipment (2%);
- The muster list was not specified the details in accordance with the requirements of SOLAS 1996-1998 Amendment, Chapter III, Regulation 37 (1%);
- Emergency fire pumps were not in full operational condition (1%);
- Batteries and its switchboard are not in good condition, wherever the emergency source of electrical power is an accumulator battery (1%).
The results of the campaign will be further analyzed.
The findings will circulate among the member Authorities and thereafter, the report will be submitted to the Seventh Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instrument (III 7).