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Tokyo MOU: Concentrated Inspection Campaign On Safety Of Navigation

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By Aiswarya Lakshmi

The concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on safety of navigation was carried out in the Tokyo MoU region from 1 September 2017 to 30 November 2017.

Within the campaign, Tokyo MOU member Authorities verified vital points of compliance in accordance with SOLAS Ch. V on all types of foreign merchant ships.
During the CIC, member Authorities inspected a total of 6,720 vessels, of which 36 (0.54%) were detained as a direct result of the campaign. In total 157 (2.34%) ships were detained during the campaign.
The highest number of inspections were carried out on ships flying the flags of Panama 1,876 (27.92%), Hong Kong (China) 650 (9.67%), the Marshall Islands 610 (9.08%) and Liberia 543 (8.08%).
The highest number of CIC inspections relating to ship types were conducted on bulk carriers 2,360 (35.12%), followed by general cargo/multipurpose vessels 1,333 (19.84%) and container vessels 1,186 (17.65%).
CIC related detentions by flag States with the highest number of detentions were Panama 9 out of 1,876 inspections, Liberia 4 out of 543 inspections, and Belize 4 out of 173 inspections. Flags with the highest detention percentage during the CIC were the United Republic of Tanzania (33.33%; 1 detention out of 3 inspections), Pakistan (25.00%; 1 detention out of 4 inspections) and Cook Islands (14.29%; 1 detention out of 7 inspections).
The most notable deficiencies found during the campaign were related to the passage plan for the voyage 338 (21.82%), followed by exhibition of navigation/signal lights 304 (19.63%) and recognition of stages of remote audible alarm of BNWAS 168 (10.85%).
Final analysis of the results of the campaign will be considered by the Port State Control Committee in November 2018 and, moreover, a report of the CIC will also be presented to the International Maritime Organization's Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III).

Mar 13, 2018


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