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Port State Control Performance
Tokyo and Paris MoU will launch a joint CIC on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry Print E-mail

Tokyo and Paris MoU will launch a joint CIC on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry

The CIC will be held for three months, commencing from 1 September 2015 and ending 30 November 2015. The aim of the CIC is to ensure effective procedures and measures are in place to safeguard seafarers on board ships when entering and working in enclosed spaces and to check compliance with the applicable requirements of the SOLAS Convention.

Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use a list of 10 selected questions to establish that crew members with enclosed space duties are familiar with relevant equipment and have received training to carry out their duties and identify and understand the hazards associated with entry into enclosed spaces. The 10 questions are:

Q.1 Are there measures in place to test the atmosphere of an enclosed space to confirm it is safe to enter?

Q.2 Are crew members responsible for testing the atmosphere in enclosed spaces trained in the use of the equipment referred to in Question 1?

Q.3 Are the crew members familiar with the arrangements of the ship, as well as the location and operation of any on-board safety systems or appliances that they may be called upon to use for enclosed space entry?

Q.4 Are crew members responsible for enclosed space emergency duties, familiar with those duties?

Q.5 Is the training manual available on board and its contents complete and customized to the ship?

Q.6 Is there evidence on board that enclosed space entry and rescue drills are conducted in accordance with SOLAS Chapter III, Regulation 19?

Q.7 Have the ship??s crew participated in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill on board the ship at least once every two months in accordance with SOLAS Chapter III, Regulation 19.3.3?

Q.8 Are crew members responsible for enclosed space entry aware of the associated risks?

Q.9 During the CIC, the PSCO is to observe an enclosed space entry and rescue drill. Did the drill comply with the requirements of SOLAS Chapter III, Regulation 19.3.6?

Q.10 Is the ship detained as a result of a ??NO?? answer to any of the questions?

PSC Regional Round-Up 2013 Publications E-mail

Regional Round-Up 2013 : Ports Where Bulk Carriers Were Detained

In order to provide its members with the most up to date industry information in an effort to improve fleet performance, Intercargo has produced a series of four unique new publications that contain a host of bulk carrier specific PSC data, relating to dry bulk vessels over 10,000Dwt trading internationally.

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Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 14:33
New Inspection Regime from Paris MoU E-mail

Intercargo and Intertanko recently hosted representatives of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) who delivered a presentation on the requirements of the New Inspection Regime (NIR) of the Paris MoU on Port State Control, due to enter into force on 1st January 2011. 


On 1st January 2011, there will be changes to the reporting and targeting regimes for ships calling at ports under the Paris MoU jurisdiction. Details of the new reporting requirements may be found in the EMSA leaflet below. Please note that in accordance with reporting and other requirements, individual member states will remain responsible for implementing the rules on pre-arrival reporting both 72 and 24 hours in advance, noting that the 72 hour period will apply to vessels which are deemed eligible for an Expanded Inspection. The NIR will now also take account of the historical performance of a company when assessing whether a ship is subject to an inspection. If a vessel is deemed a low risk ship, the number of inspections in Paris MoU ports might be as few as one in every 24-36 month period.

For further information please see below.

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Intercargo Benchmarking Report Print E-mail
Our Benchmarking Bulk Carriers Report 2012-13 has now been published. Data related to PSC, Classification Societies, Flags and Owners and Benchmarking is again available in this year's Report. See below for further details. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:22
Port State Control Benchmarking Briefing Print E-mail

Issue Summary

Intercargo supports accurate measurement of quality, the promotion of quality and the eradication of sub-standard shipping. Intercargo works with PSC interests to support :-
  • Harmonised standards and training of inspectors
  • Consistent interpretation on what constitutes clear grounds for inspection
  • The raising of standards of all MoUs to those of the global best.

Intercargo Policy

The function of port State control is to ensure that shipping conforms to the regulatory requirements of internationally agreed Conventions.   Of the 9 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) areas plus the US Coast Guard, almost all have publicly accessible targeting matrices, selecting vessels based on empirically defined risks associated with owners past performance, vessel type, flag, age, Classification Society etc.  In the overwhelming majority of cases, targeting and inspection is professionally undertaken leading to a safer and more environmentally friendly Industry.

Intercargo fully supports the enforcement of regulation through the PSC process. By making detailed information available to the PSC authorities and all other interested parties through our annual “Benchmarking” Report, Intercargo provides a transparent and statistically verifiable statement on the performance of various stakeholders including ships entered by Intercargo members, thereby encouraging continuous improvement. The strategic aim of Intercargo is therefore to "support the MoU policies of rewarding (through fewer inspections) the owners and operators of vessels that perform highly during PSC inspections and to target/improve the below average stakeholders".

Summary of Recent Developments

Asbestos inspections on foreign sea-going vessels

The Shipping Department of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate of the Netherlands (ILT/Scheepvaart ) has announced that it will carry out asbestos inspections of foreign ships in Dutch ports, beginning in the 3rd/4th quarter of 2012.

According to the ILT/Scheepvaart website, the PSC inspector will be accompanied by an expert from an asbestos company who will take samples where necessary. These samples will be analysed and, if asbestos is found, the ship must immediately contact its own Flag State to request an exemption certificate in accordance with MSC.1/circ. 1374. For more information please visit The Shipping Department of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate website at the following address:


Intercargo 2012-13 Benchmarking Report
The Report is produced using our own extensive dry bulk database incorporating PSC inspection and detention data drawn from publicly accessible websites. The data is analysed to give reports on the performance of stakeholders including owners, flag and class, with Deficiencies per Inspection (DPI) being used as the standard measure of PSC performance and overall quality. 

Key findings from the 2011-12 Report

The quality of dry bulk shipping improved slightly during 2011 – as measured by a decrease in the number of detentions; In 2011, Intercargo entered ships had a better than average DPI rating of 1.60 (2010: 1.50;  2009: 1.59) whereas non-Intercargo entered ships had a DPI rating of 2.60 (2010: 2.59; 2009: 2.54). Crucially, Intercargo entered ships continue to outperform industry averages.

Inspections in individual ports – trends

Intercargo has scrutinised PSC inspection results of bulk carriers in the ports of the Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU, Indian Ocean and US Coast Guard areas of jurisdiction. The results continue to show distortion of results implying that the harmonisation of inspection regimes globally still has a long way to go.

Future Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CIC)

On 29 July, the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control advised that they would launch a joint CIC with the purpose to ensure compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-1/ Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery on ships. The campaign will be held for three months, commencing 1 September 2013 and ending on 30 November 2013. In practice, the CIC means that during a regular port State control inspection conducted under the regional ship selection criteria within the Paris and Tokyo MoU regions, propulsion and auxiliary machinery arrangements and other applicable documentation will be verified in more detail for compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-1. Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) would use a list of twelve selected items to verify critical areas for propulsion and auxiliary machinery systems, some of which are related to documentation, equipment and crew familiarisation. For this purpose, PSCOs would apply a questionnaire listing a number of items to be covered during the concentrated inspection. This questionnaire is available on the Tokyo MoU website by clicking on the following link:


or by downloading the following pdf file:

Paris and Tokyo MoU Joint Press Release CIC on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery

In 2012 CICs targeted compliance with fire safety system requirements. The relevant press release can be found by downloading the following pdf file.

Paris and Tokyo MoU Joint Press Release CIC on FSS

The results of the CIC on FSS, as mentioned in the recent press release from the Tokyo MoU, show that compliance with fire safety system requirements on board was found to be not satisfactory. For detailed information please download the following pdf file:

Press Release on the results of the latest CIC on FSS

In 2011, CICs targeted structural safety and loadlines. On 1 January 2011, the Paris MoU introduced a New Inspection Regime (NIR) which places more emphasis on company performance criteria for the previous 3-year period, when creating the 'Ship Risk Profile'.

Last Updated on Monday, 02 September 2013 09:11