Press Release CIC on MARPOL Annex VI

The member Authorities of the Black Sea Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control will start a concentrated inspection campaign on MARPOL Annex VI. The three-month campaign will start on 1st September, and end on 30th November 2018. The campaign shall be conducted simultaneously with the Paris MOU, Tokyo MOU and other MOUs.

Annual Report for 2017

We are pleased to present the seventeenth 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.

This PSC Annual report covers the period between 1st January and 31st December 2017. During this period the BS MOU member Authorities conducted a total of 5,112 inspections, representing 0.9 per cent increase as compared with 5,066 initial inspections in 2016. The regional inspection rate is 71.1% which is 1.3 per cent increase as compared with 2016. A total of 283 detentions were warranted to ships found with serious deficiencies. This represents a detention percentage of 5.54% which is 23.58 per cent increase as compared with 229 detentions in 2016.

Detention Appeal Procedure

  1. Section 3.14 of the BS MOU states that “the owner or the operator of a ship will have the right of appeal against a detention decision to higher administrative Authority or to the court of competent jurisdiction, according to the law in each country. However, an appeal shall not cause the detention to be suspended”.
  2. Owners or operators should be advised to use official national procedure according the national jurisdiction of the country where the detention order was issued, if they wish to appeal against a detention order.
  3. For Black Sea MoU member States the particulars necessary to submit a National appeal are listed below:

Click on the member State for details.

Detention Review Procedure

  1. In case an owner or operator declines to use the National appeal procedure but still wishes to complain about a detention decision, such a complaint should be sent to the flag State or the recognized organization (if authorized to act for the flag State).
  2. The flag State or Recognized Organization may then ask the port State to reconsider its decision to detain the ship.
  3. In such cases the port State should investigate the decision and inform the flag State or the R.O. of the outcome. If the port State agrees to reverse its decision it should also inform the BSIS Manager and the BS MOU Secretariat.

Submission of a Case for Review

  1. If the flag State or the recognized organization disagrees with the outcome, a request for review may be sent to the Secretariat (secretariat@bsmou.org) within 90 days from the date of release of the detention. Such a request should be accompanied by all information relevant to the detention in electronic format (submission by E-mail to:secretariat@bsmou.org) and in the English language. The submission form (hereunder) is to be used.
  2. The Secretariat will set up a “Detention Review Board” (hereafter referred to as the “Review Board”) comprising of 3 Authorities chosen by alphabetical order, excluding the port and flag State (if applicable). The Secretariat will also inform the port State of the request for review and invite the port State to submit relevant information.
  3. The Review Board will consider the procedural and technical aspects of the inspection based on the information provided by the flag State and/or the recognized organization and the port State. The Board members will return their opinions in electronic format.
  4. The Secretariat will prepare a final summary of the opinions of the Review Board and will inform the flag State or the recognized organization, as appropriate. The detail of correspondence between the Board and the port State will be kept as an internal matter.
  5. If the views of the Review Board support the flag State or the recognized organization’s complaint, the port State will be requested to reconsider its decision again.
  6. The findings of the Review Board are not binding but may provide justification for the port State to amend its inspection data already inserted in the BSIS and to inform the Secretariat and the BSIS Manager accordingly. The recommendation of the Review Board could not be used as a ground for claiming a financial compensation. The Secretariat will inform the flag State or the recognized organization, as appropriate on the action (not) taken by the port State.

Report of the 2017 CIC on Saferty of Navigation-including ECDIS

From 1st September 2017 to 30th November 2017, the BS MOU carried out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation 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 and other MOUs. The campaign was conducted under the campaign coordination of the Bulgarian Maritime Administration. Paris and Tokyo MOUs guidelines and questionnaire were used.

During the campaign, a total of 983 inspections were carried out with the CIC questionnaire involving 983 individual ships. Of this quantity 59 ships were detained with 21 (35.6%) detentions being within the CIC scope. This means that in 21 cases the navigation systems are not meeting SOLAS requirements and had deficiencies, which were serious enough to detain the ship, resulting in a CIC-topic related detention rate of 2.14 per cent.

A total of 180 questionnaires had at least a non-compliance to a requirement, resulting 18.3 per cent of CIC inspections. The overall average per cent of non-conformities was 2.68.