Tankers were found to have the most deficiencies per survey with just under 10 deficiencies per survey while dry cargo vessels (excl. container ships) were found to have just over 7 deficiencies per survey. Out of the 873 deficiencies noted, the most frequent individual category of deficiency found was related to the condition of machinery spaces. The most frequent deficiencies overall were related to the conditions and functions of cargo systems, particularly related to bulk carriers.

The American Club notes that machinery related deficiencies were found to be the second most frequent deficiency (120), accounting for 14.3% of all deficiencies observed during these surveys.

Deficiencies by type and frequency for all condition surveys

Furthermore, another 49 deficiencies observed had to do with the machinery systems associated with cargo systems, fire safety and pollution prevention. When combined with the other machinery deficiencies, this accounts for 19.2% of the sum total of all deficiencies found.

Taking all of the machinery related deficiencies into account, machinery integrity deficiencies were found to be most frequent. The two most frequent machinery related deficiencies were:

  • cleanliness of engine compartments including bilges being clean, tidy and free of combustible materials; and
  • engine integrity related deficiencies that include the conditions of main & auxiliary engines, engine monitoring systems and insufficient spare parts.

Deficiencies by type and frequency for all condition surveys

Furthermore, fire system related deficiencies were also significant in number. These deficiencies include poor conditions in fixed fire & extinguishing systems, main & emergency fire pumps and fixed gas detention & monitoring systems. The detailed summary of all machinery related deficiencies.

The American P&I Club underlines that, as a result of these findings, will be releasing further loss prevention guidance in the near future, associated on engine room and fire safety related topics as per the findings of this report.

Source: American P&I Club