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Results Concentrated Inspection Campaign Crew Familiarization Entry into Enclosed Spaces

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Richard Schiferli

Richard Schiferli

Concentrated Inspection Campaign on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry in Paris MoU has raised awareness

PSCO’s in the Tokyo MoU and Paris MoU regions have performed a joint Concentrated Inspection
Campaign (CIC) on Crew Familiarization for Enclosed Space Entry from 1 September through 30
November 2015.

In general the results of the CIC indicate that the subject of Enclosed Space Entry is taken seriously by the industry. The CIC did not lead to an increase in the rate of detentions however the actual compliance, shown in drills, could be better. 7.9% of drills were found to be

“A satisfactory result regarding the detention percentage, but work to be done”, says Secretary
General Richard Schiferli. “Both industry and PSCOs should continue to pay attention to Enclosed
Space Entry.” The effort should be directed especially on the training of the crew and the
correct execution of drills.

Preliminary results on Enclosed Space Entry for the Paris MoU show that 3776 inspections have
been performed using the CIC questionnaire. Of those inspections 54 detentions have CIC topic
related deficiencies. The total number of detentions in the 3-month period was 160.

The detention percentage for the CIC period is similar to the average annual percentage. A
satisfactory level of compliance was shown and the time invested was well spent to raise
awareness of enclosed space entry procedures and check compliance on an important topic
where lives can be at stake.

Further analysis will be done on the inspection results to see whether there are any
recommendations that could be made to industry, flag States or MoUs. Results of the detailed
analysis will be discussed at the annual Committee meeting in May 2016 and the Committee will
decide whether or not to publish the results of the CIC.


Regional Port State Control was initiated in 1982 when fourteen European countries agreed to coordinate
their port State inspection effort under a voluntary agreement known as the Paris
Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU). Currently 27 countries are
member of the Paris MOU. The European Commission, although not a signatory to the Paris MOU,
is also a member of the Committee.

The Paris MoU is supported by a central database THETIS hosted and operated by the European
Maritime Safety Agency in Lisbon. Inspection results are available for search and daily updating by
MoU Members. Inspection results can be consulted on the Paris MoU public website and are
published on the Equasis public website.

The Secretariat of the MoU is provided by the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and the
Environment and located in The Hague.

Port State Control is a check on visiting foreign ships to verify their compliance with international
rules on safety, pollution prevention and seafarers living and working conditions. It is a means of
enforcing compliance in cases where the owner and flag State have failed in their responsibility to
implement or ensure compliance. The port State can require defects to be put right, and detain the
ship for this purpose if necessary. It is therefore also a port State’s defence against visiting
substandard shipping.

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