Concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) by the Tokyo and Paris MoUs PSC

The 2023 joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) by the Tokyo and Paris MoUs port state control (PSC) regimes will focus on fire safety, both from a technical and operational aspect. This CIC is set to begin on September 1, 2023, and will last for three months, concluding on November 30, 2023. The decision to concentrate on fire safety is a response to the high number of fire safety-related deficiencies recorded over several years.

Background: Fire safety-related deficiencies have been a persistent concern in maritime safety. In 2022, the Paris MOU reported fire safety defects as the leading cause of deficiencies. ISM-related issues, often related to fire safety, were also a significant deficiency category.

US Coast Guard Observations: The US Coast Guard’s annual report highlighted issues related to fire safety, including oil accumulation in engine rooms and deficiencies in firefighting equipment. ISM-related deficiencies were linked to maintenance, non-conformity reporting, and shipboard operations.

CIC Duration: The CIC will last for three months, from September 1 to November 30, 2023. It will be integrated as an additional part of routine PSC inspections during this period.

PSC Inspection Focus: Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) will use a tailored questionnaire to verify specific topics and areas related to fire safety during inspections.

Importance of Readiness: The CIC serves as a reminder for ship operators to ensure the readiness of their shore organizations, crews, and equipment to respond effectively to fire-related emergencies. It emphasizes the importance of maintaining the integrity of fire safety measures on ships in accordance with international safety regulations.

Preparation: Ship operators are encouraged to use the CIC as an opportunity to review and enhance their fire safety measures. A questionnaire published via the Panama Ship Registry’s Marine Notice MMN-01/2023 may be used for preparations. Additionally, contacting relevant classification societies well in advance of the CIC can provide more detailed information on survey procedures related to fire safety systems.

The CIC is a coordinated effort to address fire safety issues in the maritime industry and ensure compliance with safety regulations. Ship operators should take proactive measures to prepare for inspections and enhance their fire safety measures to promote safer operations at sea.

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