The PSC’s joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) starts on 1 September 2022. The PSC regimes will maintain their focus on crew certification and competencies, as they have done for more than two years now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Every year, the PSC regimes focus on a specific area for a three-month period. This CIC is commonly initiated by the Paris and Tokyo MoUs and will be joined by the majority of other PSC regimes.
In addition to the regular PSC inspection items, a separate questionnaire will be used by the Port State Control Officers (PSCOs). This questionnaire will be published by the PSC regimes in early-August to allow owners and crews to be prepared. Once the questionnaire is published, we will issue an additional news.
Finally, we often observe that deficiencies in STCW certification and other operational requirements are likely to trigger an ISM-related deficiency, because they are affecting the Safety Management System (SMS).
Paris and Tokyo MoUs’ CIC on STCW
Already some years ago, the Paris and Tokyo MoUs agreed to carry out a CIC on STCW lasting three months, from 1 September until 30 November 2022. Nearly all other PSC regimes – such as the Black Sea, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Riyadh, and Vina del Mar MoUs – have agreed to join this campaign. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the inspection numbers have returned to normal in most PSC areas, except in some countries or ports, for example China.
As always, the upcoming CIC will be included in routine PSC inspections, and every PSCO will be provided with a common additional checklist with focus items related to this year’s topic.
The basis for the CIC in 2022 is laid down in IMO Res. A.1155(32) “Procedures for Port State Control, 2021”, with very detailed instructions provided in Appendix 11 “Guidelines for Port State Control Officers on certification of seafarers, manning and hours of rest”.
We anticipate that the CIC will not be limited to certification or document control due to several fake crew certificates and lack of competence of seafarers regarding their certification in the past. Therefore, DNV’s view is that one part of the CIC will focus on the evaluation of competences of the Master, officers and crew when performing duties and during emergency scenarios. These are explained in detail in Appendix 7 of Res. A.1155(32) “Guidelines for control of operational requirements”. This appendix was completely revised and published in the beginning of 2022. It covers a huge variety of operational inspection areas – from efficient communication between crew members, and assessing navigational controls such as ECDIS, to voyage planning or safe navigation, and witnessing emergency drills.
- Check if all crew members’ certificates of competence are at hand and valid.
- Check if the Muster List is up-to-date and crew members are familiar with their assigned duties.
- Keep hours of rest updated.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of familiarization for the Master and officers in charge.
Familiarize the crew with their duties and with the additional checklist when published. (Source – Maritime Cyprus)