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Launch of joint concentrated inspection campaign on STCW hours of rest

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Richard Schiferli

Richard Schiferli

The Maritime Authorities of the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control will launch a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) with the purpose to establish that watchkeeping personnel are meeting the requirements regarding hours of rest as per STCW  78 as amended (including the Manila amendments).

This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from 1  September 2014 and ending on 30 November 2014.

The deck and engine room watchkeepers’ hours of rest will be verified in more  detail for compliance with the mentioned scope of the CIC during a regular Port
State Control inspection conducted under the regional ship selection criteria within  the Paris and Tokyo MoU regions.

Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use a list of 10 selected items to establish
that watchkeeping personnel are meeting the requirements regarding hours of rest,
focusing attention on the Minimum Safe Manning Document (MSMD) and records
of rest. In addition information will be gathered on the watch system, whether the
MSMD requires an Engineer officer and whether the ship is designated UMS
(Periodically Unattended Machinery Space). For this purpose, PSCOs will apply a
questionnaire listing a number of items to be covered during the concentrated
inspection campaign. The questionnaire has been annexed to this press release.
When deficiencies are found, actions by the port State may vary from recording a
deficiency and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period to detaining
the ship until serious deficiencies have been rectified. In the case of detention,
publication in the monthly detention lists of the Paris and Tokyo MoU web sites will
take place.

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