110/16/Gen.Inf. TOKYO, INDIAN OCEAN, and BLACK SEA REGION MOUs – SIMULTANEOUS CONCENTRATED INSPECTION CAMPAIGN ON CARGO SECURING ARRANGEMENTS

The Indian Ocean (IO) and Black Sea Region (BS) Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) have announced they will be conducting a concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on cargo arrangements. The campaign will be conducted simultaneously with the Tokyo MoU. This CIC’s purpose is to verify compliance with the procedures and measures that are in place on cargo securing arrangements on board ships meeting applicable requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and related guidelines.

This CIC will be held for three (3) months, beginning 01 September 2016 through 30 November 2016. During this time, Port State Control (PSC) Officers will use a list of 10 selected questions developed by the Tokyo MoU related to cargo securing arrangements to establish that crew members with cargo securing duties are familiar with relevant equipment and documents and identify and understand the hazards associated with cargo securing operations. The areas to be covered include cargo securing manual, familiarization with the cargo securing manual, lashings/fittings, sufficient availability of cargo securing devices onboard, and follow of the Cargo Safe Access Plan.

During the campaign period, PSC Officers will inspect, within the resources available, as many ships as possible in conjunction with routine PSC inspections. When deficiencies are found, actions by the port State may vary from recordation and instruction to detention.

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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