UK P&I Club highlights that the Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China has recently formulated and issued “the Provisions on the Supervision and Administration of Vessels under Special Follow-up”.
he Provisions shall come into force on December 1, 2023 and ” the Provisions on the Supervision and Administration of Vessels under Special Follow-up” issued in 2013shall be repealed simultaneously.
In particular, the management approach to under special follow-up vessels adopted by the Maritime Safety Administration is to some extent similar to the “Blacklist” management mechanism established by the PSC MOUs in evaluating the performance of the Flag States. We hereby issue this Circular to introduce the main contents of the Provisions and provide suggestions for the reference of the Club and their Members.
The Provisions shall be applicable to Chinese vessels and foreign vessels navigating, berthing or operating in the waters under the jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China. The Provisions shall not be applicable to military vessels, fishery vessels, and sports vessels.
Vessels being Listed as under Special Follow-up Vessels The following vessels shall be listed as under special follow-up vessels:
- Chinese vessels that have been detained twice in the vessel safety inspections (including the oversea Port State Control inspections) in a consecutive 12-monthperiod. Foreign vessels that have been detained twice in the Port State Control inspections in a consecutive 12-month period.
- Vessels that have been imposed twice administrative penalties by the Maritime Safety Administration in a consecutive 12-month period due to their serious illegal acts such as inadequate manning, malicious shutdown of the AIS, willful and illegal discharge of pollutants, overload, inland river vessels engaging in sea transportation, etc.
- Vessels that refuse to accept or escape from handling after the occurrence of maritime administrative violations.
- Vessels that have forged, altered, transferred, traded, or leased vessel certificates or carry out major conversion of vessels without inspection and authorization of the vessel inspection organizations.
- Vessels that have caused relatively large or higher level water traffic accidents and bear equal or higher level responsibilities.
- Vessels that managed by shipping companies under special follow-up.
- Vessels that shall listed under special follow-up pursuant to the “Provisions on the Administration of Maritime Law Enforcement Assistance in Investigation”.
- Vessels that require special follow-up as designated by the Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China
We suggest vessels to strictly comply with applicable international conventions and local regulations. Before entering the port, under the guidance of her management company, the vessel shall conduct comprehensive self-examination on the following aspects including but not limited to vessel certificates, vessel structure, fire fightingand life saving equipment, pollution prevention equipment and operation records.
..said the Club.