Concentrated inspection – Different PSC regimes have announced their concentrated inspection campaigns (CICs) for auxiliary machines starting 1 June and for MARPOL VI from 1 September. The US Coast Guard carries out a CIC from May 2018 to 2019 on open lifeboats of US-flagged ships.
CICs are periodical inspections that focus on a specific topic. They are carried out during routine PSC inspections, with an additional checklist, for a period of three months. A brief summary:
1. Black Sea MoU, Indian Ocean MoU, Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU CIC on MARPOL VI starting on 1 September
The CIC will start in these PSC regimes on 1 September and last until 30 November. The additional questionnaire is expected to be published at the beginning of August to raise awareness for compliance with requirements on the prevention of air pollution from ships. Once the additional questionnaire is published, we will issue an additional news.
The goal of the CIC is to check the actual status of ships regarding conformity with air pollution prevention requirements. It also aims to enforce awareness of new maximum limits for sulphur in ship fuel oil, which will enter into force on 1 January 2020.
Usually, this additional questionnaire for the CIC focuses on the main deficiencies in the area(s) found during previous years. World statistics for the last three years show main deficiencies related to incinerator and record book of engine parameters (with deficiency code):
- (14206) Record book of engine parameters
- (14608) Incinerator including operations and operating manual
- (01124) International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate (IAPP)
- (14611) Ozone-depleting substances
- (01125) Engine International Air Pollution Prev. Cert.
- (01328) Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plan
- (14610) Operational procedures for engines or equipment
- (01138) International Energy Efficiency Certificate
- (14604) Bunker delivery notes
- (14615) Fuel changeover procedure
The majority of detainable deficiencies for DNV GL-classed vessels are related to the incinerator and sulphur content/quality of fuel used (deficiency codes 14617 and 14607).
Considering the above deficiencies, we assume the questionnaire items will mainly be related to operational questions and certificates or manuals. In particular, the ship-specific fuel changeover procedure is assumed to be targeted. In some ports, fuel samples may be taken and analyzed on short notice.
Another relevant topic is related to the cooling mediums from freezers and air condition plants and the related documentation, recorded as ozone-depleting substances (deficiency code 14611).
We would like to remind you that all these operational deficiencies are often related to the Safety Management System (SMS) and will likely trigger an ISM-related deficiency, especially in case of numerous or repeated deficiencies.