The Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) on port state control will launch its second concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on 1 September, 2014. This will focus on ensuring compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems on board ships. The CIC will last three months, ending on 30 November, 2014.
The CIC is designed to raise awareness of fire safety-related issues and to ensure that:
- ships are complying with the requirements of the SOLAS Convention Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems
- fire-fighting 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.
In practice, the CIC will mean that during a regular port state control inspection conducted under the targeting matrix criteria within the CMOU region, the fire safety plan, fire control measures, drills, crew awareness and other applicable documentation will be verified in more detail for compliance with SOLAS Chapter II-2 and the International Code for Fire Safety Systems.
Port state control officers will use a questionnaire listing a number of items to be covered during the CIC.
When deficiencies are found, actions by the port state may vary from recording a deficiency and instructing the master to rectify it within a certain period to detaining the ship until serious deficiencies have been rectified.
Any detentions will be published in the monthly detention lists of the CMOU website. It is expected that the CMOU will carry out approximately 200 inspections during the CIC.
The results of the campaign will be analysed and findings will be presented to the governing body of the CMOU for submission to the relevant IMO sub-committees.