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Preliminary results CIC on Cargo Securing Arrangements

From 1st September 2016 to 30th November 2016, the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Black Sea Region (BS MOU) carried out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Cargo Securing Arrangement. This campaign was conducted in conjunction with the Tokyo MOU as well as other MOUs shows following preliminary results.

During the course of the campaign a total of 931 inspections of individual ships using the CIC questionnaire. Of this quantity 46 were detained (4.94%). The CIC inspections had no CIC-related detentions at all.

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.

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).

Press Release BS MOU New Inspection Regime

At the 16th meeting of the Port State Control Committee in Batumi, Georgia, April 2015, the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Black Sea Region (BS MOU) decided to introduce a New Inspection Regime for selection of ships from 1st January 2016 to harmonize further its risk based targeting and inspection system with the leading memorandums, namely Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU, to the highest level.

The existing ship targeting system adjusted to accommodate additional generic parameters (e.g. Flag, RO, and Company performances), weighting points for each parameters, amendment of levels of the ship risk profile and determination of frequency of inspection of for each risk level, benefiting experience after four years of in depth comparative study of the leading PSC inspection regimes and considering discussion at IMO on the small flags.

The BS MOU New Inspection Regime, BS-IR (2016), consists of combination of Ship Risk Profile and Time Windows for clear indication of the order of priority in selection of ships for inspections. Black Sea Information System (BSIS) calculates and displays outputs of sections 1 to 3 using inspection records of member authorities stored in the BSIS for members use at the time of selection of ships for inspections.