The USCG Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance published Work Instruction CVC-WI-018(1), “Laid up Inspected/Examined Vessels”, outlining the process of laying up inspected and examined commercial vessels to provide greater consistency and continuity between Captain of the Port Zones.
Riyadh MoU issued its annual PSC report, recording a slight drop of 0.22% in the number of inspections, but an increase of 16.12% on the number of inspections with deficiencies as well as an increase of 39.13% in the number of detentions through 2019.
Caribbean MoU issued its annual PSC report, noting a total of 11 ship detentions and 1027 deficiencies in 2019. Fire safety measures was the highest deficiency recorded, followed by Life Saving Appliances.
Certification during the COVID-19 pandemic is a procedure not to be missed according to NBKB. It is stated that although a company is yet not fined, and the insurance coverage remains an unclear path, it is important to continue your certification in a timely manner.
USCG issued its 2019 Flag State Control Domestic Annual Report, summarizing statistics regarding inspections and enforcement of regulations on US-flagged vessels. The number of vessel inspections increased by 1,423 and the average number of deficiencies identified per inspection increased from 1.26 to 1.48 in 2019.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forcefully shown the importance of digitalization and new technologies within the shipping industry, with remote surveys already taking place. Yet, as the industry is now entering the digital world, the challenges are obvious, forcing the maritime sector to rapidly adapt to the smart era.
The US Coast Guard reminds mariners and companies that they conduct recurrent inspections and also issued guidance to address emergency preparedness.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) detained the APL England in the Port of Brisbane on May 27, ass the inspection revealed that the lashing of the cargo was heavily corroded.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, several ship assessors are making virtual inspections of oil tankers, in order to keep vessels afloat and continue their operations, as Reuters reported.
Indian Ocean MoU issued its annual PSC report, noting an increase in total number of inspections in 2019, compared with 2018. The number of detentions, detention rate and the number of underperforming ships have started to decrease in 2019.
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