Top deficiencies in the Paris MOU during 2014

Safety of navigation and fire safety at the major categories of deficiencies in the region


Paris MOU has issued its Annual Report on Port State Control for 2014. According to the report, for the first time since the introduction of the New Inspection Regime the number of individual ships inspected has increased (9%). The number of inspections has only increased slightly (4%). With a further decrease in the number of detentions (8%), this also resulted in a lower detention percentage.

With a total number of 18,430 inspections performed in 2014 the inspection figures showed an increase of 4% compared with the figures of 2013. Each individual ship was inspected an average of 1.2 times per year, a rate which has been slightly lower to that of 2012. After a drop in the number of inspections that started with the introduction of the New Inspection Regime in January 2011, and continued in 2012 and 2013, the 2014 figures show an increase of 4%.

New features of this inspection regime are that the annual inspection target for each Member State is based on ship movement data rather than individual ship calls. Also dedicated quality shipping is awarded with longer intervals between inspections. This year’s results indicate that fewer ships have been inspected more than once, thereby reducing the inspection burden on ships.

In 2012 the number of deficiencies recorded was 49,261. In 2013 the number of deficiencies was 49,074. In 2014 the number of deficiencies decreased significantly to 45,979. During 55% of all inspections performed, one or more deficiencies were recorded. In 2013 this figure was 58%.The average number of deficiencies per inspection also decreased from 2.8 in 2013 to 2.5 in 2014.

Top 5 categories of deficiencies 2014

Category of Deficiencies Deficiencies % Deficiencies
Safety of navigation 6,195 13.47
Fire safety 6,176 13.43
Life saving appliances 4,016 8.73
Certificate & Documentation – Documents 3,491 7.59
Certificate & Documentation – Ship Certificates 2,640 5.74

Top 5 deficiencies 2014

Deficiencies Deficiencies % Deficiencies
ISM 1,801 3.92
Charts 1,298 2.82
Nautical publications 1,267 2.76
Fire doors/ openings in fire- resisting divisions 1,189 2.59
Records of seafarers’ daily hours of work or rest 798 1.74

Deficiencies per major category

The number of deficiencies in the following areas (certificate & documentation, fire safety, safety of navigation and working & living conditions) accounted for approximately 60% of the total number of deficiencies.

  • Safety of navigation : In 2014, deficiencies in Safety of Navigation accounted for 13.47% of all deficiencies recorded (a decrease from 13.98% in 2013). The number of deficiencies in Safety of Navigation shows a decrease of 9.8%, from 6,861 deficiencies in 2013 to 6,195 in 2014.
  • Fire safety: In 2014 deficiencies in fire safety accounted for 13.43% of all deficiencies recorded (a decrease from 13.57% in 2013). The number of deficiencies in this area decreased by 7.2% from 6,657 in 2013 to 6,176 in 2014.
  • Certificates & Documentation : The number of deficiencies recorded as related to ships’ certificates, crew certificates and documents showed a decrease of 6.3% from 7,638 in 2013 to 7,158 in 2014.
  • Pollution prevention: Deficiencies in MARPOL Annex I show a decrease of 17.5% in 2014 (874), compared with 2013 (1,060). Deficiencies in MARPOL Annex IV show an increase of 0.9% in 2014 (344), compared with 2013 (341). Deficiencies in MARPOL Annex V show a decrease of 33% in 2014 (596), compared with 2013 (889). Deficiencies in MARPOL Annex VI show a decrease of 6.9% in 2014 (458), compared with 2013 (492).
  • Working and living conditions : For the first year a table has been added identifying the 14 areas of the MLC. Most deficiencies have been found in the following areas. Health and safety and accident prevention (area 11) 2,059, hours of work and rest (area 6) 1,152, food and catering (area 10) 792, accommodation (area 8) 436 and seafarer’s employment agreements (area 4) 238 deficiencies
  • Management: The number of ISM related deficiencies showed a decrease of 1.1% from 1,821 in 2013 to 1,801 in 2014.

Also read the article :

Paris MoU issues 2014 Annual Report on PSC

Source: Paris MoU

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