We would like to advise Members that the 27 Member States of the Paris MoU (Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control) will focus their attention on passenger ship safety in 2013. In May 2012 the Paris MoU Committee agreed to organise a Harmonised Verification Programme (HAVEP) on operational controls employed on passenger ships. The HAVEP will last for twelve months, commencing on 1st January 2013 and ending on 31st December 2013.
During the HAVEP, Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will witness an operational control comprising a standard emergency scenario (including a simulated machinery space fire, a passenger evacuation, a muster drill and an abandon ship drill). The latter will include lowering of lifeboats to the water and being taken away under power. During the inspection attention will also be given to the on-board decision support system, ship/shore communications, search and rescue (SAR) plans, records of crew training, supply of emergency power and operation of watertight doors.
The main purpose of the HAVEP is to verify that:
– in the event of a shipboard emergency, the crew can organise themselves into an effective team to tackle the emergency
– the officers and crew can communicate effectively with each other and with shore-based support and rescue services
– the Master is in control and information is flowing to/from the command centre
– in the event of the situation getting out of hand the crew and passengers can safely abandon the ship.
PSCOs will use a questionnaire listing a number of items to be covered during the HAVEP. All items will be verified in more detail for compliance with related items in SOLAS Chapters II, III and V.
The PSCOS will:
– witness the testing of emergency power, which will include simulating failure of the main power supply and automatic starting and loading of the emergency generator, as well as testing of emergency batteries under load
– verify the operation of watertight doors including remote closing of all doors from the bridge and manual closing of selected doors locally and from above the bulkhead deck.
The HAVEP is reported to be time-consuming and will involve the majority of the crew for part of the day. In order to provide some flexibility owner/operators may liaise with the Paris MoU regarding their schedule to determine a suitable port to carry out the
HAVEP, bearing in mind operational considerations such as passenger turnaround.
For further information Members should follow the link below: Source: Paris MoU
http://www.parismou.org/Publications/Press_releases/2012.11.26/Paris_MoU_launches_Harmonised_Verification_Programme_HAVEP_on_passenger_ships.htm(source: the Shipowners’ P and I bulletin)