The Tokyo MOU has released an Annual Report on Port State Oversight in the Asia-Pacific Region which notes that the number of detentions increased in 2019 after seven years of decline.
The percentage of detentions also increased in 2019 after 10 years of continuous decline. The number of ships with low performance and the number of vessels involved will also increase in 2019. “This increase is seen as an encouraging result of the increase and increase in the targeting or selection of vessels for inspection and, emphasis on inspection of ships that are performing poorly by member Authorities, based on observing the continual improvement in inspection of high-risk vessels and low-performance vessels, “the report said.
Detained deficiencies related to ISM remain in the three highest deficiencies that can be withheld for several years. One third of all detentions are due to major non-compliance with ISM.
The average amount of deficiency that can be held per detention tends to slowly upward. As a result, the Tokyo MOU will refine steps to inspect ships with low performance. This inspection will focus on the safety management system implemented on the ship and the introduction and understanding of operational requirements by the crew. Operational requirements continue to be an area of concern because of the increasing complexity of ship systems and the rate of change, and the MOU is looking for mechanisms to overcome this.
The MOU concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on Emergency Systems and Procedures was conducted from 1 September to 30 November, with 7,174 CIC inspections. The most prominent deficiencies found during the campaign were related to the details of the tap list according to the requirements (178 deficiencies, 2.48 percent), emergency sources of electricity supply to critical equipment (151 deficiencies, 2.10 percent), damage control plans were readily available ( 137 deficiencies, 1.91 percent), steering system and associated emergency alarm operations (127 deficiencies, 1.77 percent) and the ability of the public address system (112 deficiencies, 1.56 percent). Fifty-five vessels were detained as a direct result of CIC, which represented a percentage of 0.77 percent, lower than the overall percentage of detention of 2.62 percent for the same period.
Tokyo MOU membership was further expanded in 2019 with Panama being accepted as a full member of the 21st MOU. Together with Panama, four of the five largest flags of the world (Panama, Marshall Islands, Hong Kong and Singapore) are members of the Tokyo MOU.
Report available here.