As traveling vessels face Port State Control (PSC) officers to verify compliance with governing conventions, Lloyd’s Register has noted common issues for vessels to focus on to better prepare.
In reference to vessels more than five years old, Lloyd’s Register has noted that to comply, attention should be placed on the following areas:
– ventilation, fire-dampers, quick-closing devices and their control
– lifeboats and launching appliances
– emergency fire pump
– oil filtering equipment
– ventilators and air pipes
– fire detection, fire fighting equipment and appliances
– weather decks, hatch covers and closing appliances
– nautical publications and charts, and ECDIS if applicable
– cleanliness of the engine room
– and cleanliness of accommodation/galley.
PSC officers also check deficiencies identified from the vessel’s previous six months’ PSC reports of inspections. Lloyd’s recommends that vessels avoid any delays for officers carrying out inspections onboard.
And PSC officers have begun to focus on issues listed in the upcoming International Labour Organisation (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006) which becomes mandatory in August 2013. PSC officers are noting areas of concern for vessels.
Lloyd’s Register noted that deficiencies that do not result in detention may not be included in their findings. Due to positive results from the compilation of inspections from the past years, Lloyd’s will continue monitoring for another year.