Annual Report for 2015

We are pleased to present the fifteenth issue of the Annual Report on Port State Control in the Black Sea region which is published under the auspices of the Port State Control Committee of the Black Sea MOU.
Port State Control is of particular importance to the BS MOU member Authorities due to the role of shipping in region’s trade, the sensitivity of the Black Sea basin and its coastline to environmental damage. PSC inspections are conducted to ensure that foreign ships visiting the Black Sea ports are seaworthy, do not pose a pollution risk, provide a healthy and safe environment and comply with relevant international regulations and within the scope of the member Authorities’ national governing laws and regulations.
At the 16th meeting of the Port State Control Committee in Batumi, Georgia, April 2015, the BS MOU decided to introduce a New Inspection Regime for selection of ships for inspection from 1st January 2016 to harmonize further its risk based targeting and inspection system with the leading memorandas, namely Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU, to the highest level.

This PSC Annual report covers the period between 1st January and 31st December 2015. During this period the BS MOU member Authorities conducted a total of 4997 initial inspections, representing 1.9 per cent decrease as compared with 5,092 initial inspections in 2014. The regional inspection rate is 69.58% which is 0.2% increase as compared with 2014. A total of 218 detentions were warranted to ships found with serious deficiencies. This represents a detention percentage of 4.36% which is 44.4% increase as compared with 151 detentions in 2014. During 2015 a total of 18,094 deficiencies were recorded. The average number of deficiencies per inspection was 3.62; resulting in a 0.02 deficiency point increase.

Report of the 2015 CIC on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry

From 1st September 2015 to 30th November 2015, the BS MOU carried out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry throughout the region. This campaign involved all member States of the BS MOU and was conducted in conjunction with the Tokyo MOU and Paris MOU. The Paris MOU Guidelines and Questionnaire were utilized.

During the campaign, a total of 1,022 inspections were carried out with the CIC questionnaire involving 1,022 individual ships. Of this quantity 49 ships were detained with 40.82% detentions were being within the CIC scope. This means that in 20 cases the ship’s procedures and measures that are in place with respect to enclosed spaces entry are not in compliance with the requirements of SOLAS and had deficiencies, which were serious enough to detain the ship, resulting a CIC-topic related detention rate of 1.96 per cent.

A total of 253 non-conformities have been recorded as a direct result of this campaign. The overall number of CIC-topic related non-non-conformities per inspection was 0.25.

PSCC17 Press Release

Sochi, the Russian Federation – Representatives of the Port State Control Committee, the governing body under the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Black Sea Region (BS MoU), met in Sochi, Russia, for the Seventeenth session from 12 to 14 April 2016.

The meeting was chaired by Capt. Vakhtang TAVBERIDZE – Maritime Transport Agency of Georgia.

Deputy Minister of Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation, Mr. Viktor OLERSKY, in his opening speech, stressed the important role of BS MoU in port State control and the responsibilities of Russia as both flag State and port State. He expressed Russia’s gratitude and appreciation to all the Black Sea countries for their valuable support which contributed to the success of the initiative. Moreover, he encouraged BS MoU to further enhance and improve its activities so as to promote safety of navigation, protection of the marine environment and the labour conditions on board ships. Lastly, he reaffirmed the commitment and continuous support from Russia to the BS MoU and declared opening of the meeting officially.

20 Ships Detained Through CIC on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry

Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry carried out between 1st September 2015 and 30th November 2015 in the Black Sea MOU region shows the following preliminary results of the responses to the questions relatedto the verification of the ship’s procedures and measures that are in place with respect to enclosed spaces for compliance with the requirements of SOLAS. Information gathered about the existence of measures in place to test the atmosphere of an enclosed space to confirm it is safe to enter and remains safe whilst persons are within the space.

During the course of the campaign six member Authorities carried out a total of 1,022 inspections of individual ships using the CIC questionnaire. Of this quantity 49 ships were detained with 20 (40.82%) of detentions were being within the CIC scope, resulting a CIC topic related detention rate of 1.96%.

A total of 253 non-conformities have been recorded as a result of the campaign out of 1,022 questionnaires submitted.

BS MOU Text

Black Sea Memorandum of Understanding On Port State Control Text (effective from January 1, 2016).