RMou begins three-month safety inspection of 300 ships
The six maritime authorities of the Riyadh Memorandum of Understanding (RMoU) on Port State Control will launch a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) next month to to ensure ships compy with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems.
The three month campaign is due to end on December 31, 2014 and is designed to make sure:
- there is compliance with the requirements of the SOLAS Convention Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems as applicable;
- the firefighting equipment is readily available and maintained at all times;
- the master, officers and crew are familiar with the equipment and have received training in carrying out their duties;
- and there is awareness of fire safety related issues.
The CIC will mean that during a regular port state control inspection, conducted within the RMoU region, the fire safety plan, fire control measures, drills, crew awareness and other applicable documentation will be checked.
If non-compliance is identified, the actions vary from recording the deficiency and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period to detaining the ship until serious deficiencies are rectified.
It is expected that the RMoU will carry out approximately 300 inspections during the CIC.
The results of the campaign will be analysed and findings will be presented to the governing body of the RMoU for submission to the relevant IMO sub-committees.