1,061 vessels detained under PSC campaign
WONG JOON SAN
Port-state control (PSC) inspections last year by members of the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) resulted in detention of 1,061 vessels, registered under 62 flags, for 'serious deficiencies'.
The PSC committee, which held its seventh meeting in Cairns, Australia late last month, said its members carried out a total of 14,545 inspections on ships registered under 104 flags.
'During the inspections, 9,226 ships were found with deficiencies and a total of 52,351 deficiencies were recorded,' it said, without giving more details.
This represents a 22.71 increase in the number of ships with deficiencies last year compared with 1997, and a 26.28 per cent rise to 52,351 deficiencies last year compared with 41,456 in 1997.
The Tokyo MOU, comprising 17 port-state control authorities, one member more than in 1997, said the members had carried out about a 60 per cent inspection rate on 24,266 individual foreign ships operating in the region.
The PSC committee said it had adopted an amendment to include the 1998 Solas and Load Line protocols for its members. This amendment will come into effect on February 3, next year, the same date as the protocols come into force internationally.
The committee said it had considered the results of the inspection campaign on International Safety Management (ISM) code compliance between July and September and had decided to undertake a detailed study to identify further actions to take.
Last year, 1,820 campaign inspections were carried out authorities to check compliance with the ISM Code.
In all, 63 detentions were made on 61 ships because they either had invalid ISM certification or had serious non-conformities.
The committee said it would conduct another concentrated campaign on the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), which came into force on February 1 this year. It is expected to run in the last quarter of this year.
Guidelines will be prepared for the control of GMDSS and a checklist to ensure a uniform approach within the region.
The committee also has decided to change the interval of publication of detention information from every three months to every month on the Tokyo MOU Internet site to provide the public and the industry with more timely information.
Guidelines also will be adopted by the committee in relation to the year-2000 bug and port-state control, based on International Maritime Organisation's circulars.
The committee said a new regional database system - Asia Pacific Computerised Information System - using the latest Internet technology should become fully operable as soon as possible.
January 1, next has been set as the target date for operation of the new system which will be located in Vladivostok.
The next PSC committee will be held in Singapore in February next year.
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