Equasis 2011 Annual Report Published

Last week Equasis published its annal report for 2011. Equasis is populated with data from most of the world’s merchant ships. Basic ship particulars are derived from the commercial database of IHS Fairplay. Equasis is fed by 45 data providers which can be divided into six categories: core ship and company data, PSC regimes, classification societies, P&I clubs, associations or vetting programs and other international organisations. Almost all these sources are used in this document to a greater or lesser extent.

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PSC Inspections for Asbestos in Dutch ports

The Shipping Department of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT/Scheepvaart) will be carrying out on-board checks for compliance with the international SOLAS requirement regarding asbestos. Checks will take place during regular PSC inspections of foreign ships in Dutch ports. These inspections will commence in the 3rd/4th quarter of 2012.

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Lifeboat Arrangements Related Deficiencies

According to statistic data of PSC inspections for ships classed with ClassNK in 2011, a frequency of PSC pointing-out deficiencies with the lifeboat arrangements had once decreased in 2010, however, it was increased again in 2011 to the top frequency (277 deficiencies pointed out / 78 detentions).

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Paris MoU 2011 Annual Report Released

Considered to be the worldwide index for flag performance, the Paris MoU “White, Grey and Black Lists” indicate further improvements towards quality shipping. Last year Panama was congratulated for its efforts to move up to the White List. This year Faroe Islands, Vanuatu, Latvia and Iran moved from the “Grey List” to the “White List”. A very successful achievement and an example for other flags that, through determined actions and political courage, changes can be made. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines moved from the “Black List” to the Grey List.


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Paris MoU Structural Safety and Load Lines CIC Report 2011

The CIC was held between September and November 2011 and the report was approved by the 45th meeting of the Port State Control Committee in May 2012. The results of the CIC will also be submitted to the next meeting of the IMO Sub-Committee on Flag State Implementation.

In 4386 inspections carried out by the Paris MoU from the 1st of September to the 30th of November of 2011 on 4250 individual ships, a CIC questionnaire was recorded. 963 inspections (22% of the total number of CIC inspections) resulted in deficiencies related to the topic of the campaign. A total of 150 detentions (3,4%) were recorded during the CIC, of which 42 (1,0%) were due to deficiencies directly related to the CIC topic.

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Monthly PSC Report For May 2012

The following information have been gathered mainly from PSC MoUs sites and may serve only as reference for the inspections being carried out each month by each MoU. The consistency of the information may differ between MoU since there are slight differences on the way each organization presents the inspection info. For more information on the inspections carried out please refer to each organization’s site.

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New Paris MoU Targeting Lists

The Paris MoU Committee approved the 2011 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flag States and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from 1 July 2012. The “White, Grey and Black (WGB) List” presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk. It is based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a 3-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period.

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PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaigns 2012

Each year the major PSC regions carry out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on an agreed topic. When boarding a ship, the PSC Officer will check certain on-board equipment or documentation besides carrying out the general routine PSC inspection.

Each CIC lasts for three months in all the region’s countries commencing from 1 September 2012 and ending on 30 November 2012.

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