The UK Club has received the following  circular from correspondents in China advising that the China MSA is bringing in Special Safety Inspections for ships entering or intending to enter the Qingdao Water areas for navigation, berthing and operations for a limited period starting 20 April to mid-June 2018.

The regulations will initially apply only to ships of Chinese nationality. Owners will be required to submit a special information report to the MSA to apply for a special safety inspection. As from 20 May, ships of foreign nationality will also have to submit a special information report to the MSA.  A special security inspection in conjunction with a PSC inspection shall then be conducted on the ship by the MSA. The attached Circular provides additional information.


Special security inspection on ships of foreign nationality

1. For ships of foreign flags that intend to enter the water areas under control of Qingdao from a domestic port, the special security inspection shall be conducted by the local MSA of the previous port of call.

The  special security inspection shall be carried out by Shandong MSA if the ship calls Qingdao directly from an overseas port.

2. The main contents of special security inspection include but not limited to the following: ship’s security certificates, security records,continuous summary records, control measures of ladder, control of
boarding persons and belongings, marking and control measure of restricted area on board and etc. The special security inspection shall be conducted in accordance with relevant ship security records on boarding persons’ information, whether there is any “low-slow and small aircraft” carried by ship or the crew member and whether the ships’ security guard is familiar with the corresponding measures for different security levels.
The inspection and disposal of “low-slow and small aircraft” is same as the requirement of special safety inspection.

3. If any of the following circumstances occurs, the local MSA shall
conduct re-inspection to ship: ordinary or higher level accidents;
malfunction of major navigational equipment and anti-pollution
equipment; changes of crew information.

Circular Ref No.:PNI1806