Unsatisfactory compliance with hours of rest
Preliminary results from the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on STCW Hours of Rest, carried out between 1 September 2014 and 30 November 2014 in the Paris MoU region show that:
16 ships (14% of detentions during CIC) were detained over the 3 month
period as a direct result of the CIC for deficiencies related to hours of rest.
Main areas of concern are hours of rest not being recorded properly and
watchkeeping personnel without sufficient rest.
In recent years there has been a growing concern regarding hours of rest for watchkeeping personnel. Supported by PSC inspection results and a number of incidents, the Paris and Tokyo MoU, as well as other MoUs, decided to organize a
joint campaign to verify a list of 10 selected items against the STCW requirements.
The CIC questionnaire was completed during 4,041 inspections. A total of 912 CIC-related deficiencies were recorded and 16 ships (14% of the detentions) were detained as a direct result of the CIC during the 3 month period.
Secretary General Richard Schiferli expressed serious concerns: “Insufficient rest of watchkeeping personnel has already caused several incidents over the past years. It may be the cause of fatigue, which can have major consequences for
safety and the environment. 2 watch systems are particularly vulnerable in this respect”.
During the campaign most inspections concerned general cargo/multi-purpose ships with 1,207 (30%) inspections, followed by bulk carriers with 948 (23%) inspections, container ships with 407 (11%) inspections, chemical tankers with 375 (9%) inspections and oil tankers with 325 (8%) inspections.
11 (70%) of the detained ships were general cargo/multipurpose ships, 3 (19%) were bulk carriers, 1 container ship and 1 other ship type.
Analysis of the recorded deficiencies shows that most deficiencies relate to hours of rest not being recorded correctly in 449 cases (11%), watchkeeping personnel did not have sufficient rest in 203 cases (5%) and bridge lookout not maintained in 101 cases (3%). A total of 21 inspections revealed that the manning level was not in accordance with the Minimum Safe Manning Document.
The flag with the highest number of CIC-topic related detentions was Moldova with 3 CIC-topic related detentions.
The inspections showed that a total of 1268 ships were operating with a 2 watch system for the navigational watch and 13 of these ships were detained.
The CIC was a joint campaign with the Tokyo MoU. Others co-operating MoUs have followed the same routine during the campaign.
The detailed results of the campaign will be further analysed and findings will be presented to the 48th meeting of the Port State Control Committee in May 2015, after which the report will be submitted to the International Maritime Organization.