Paris MoU PSC CIC: Crew Familiarization and Entry of Enclosed Spaces coming up (Sept.-Nov. 2015) (checklist added)

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C373Paris MOUConcentrated Inspection Campaigns (CICs) have been held in the Paris MoU region over the past years. These campaigns focus on a particular area of compliance with international regulations with the aim of gathering information and enforcing the level of compliance. Each campaign is prepared by experts and identifies a number of specific items for inspection. Experience shows that they serve to draw attention to the chosen area of compliance.

Concentrated Inspection Campaigns focus on specific areas where high levels of deficiencies have been encountered by PSCOs, or where new convention requirements have recently entered into force. This is the case of the 2015 Paris MoU CIC focusing on Crew Familiarization and Entry of Enclosed Spaces (September- November). This campaign will be carried out jointly with the Tokyo MoU and other MoUs may join as well.

According to the resolution MSC.350 (92), in relation to the CIC on Crew Familiarization and Entry of Enclosed Spaces in 2015 these amendments have entered into force on 1 January 2015.


Part B Requirements for ships and life-saving appliances

Regulation 19 Emergency training and drills

The existing text of paragraphs 2.2 and 2.3 is replaced with the following:

"2.2 On a ship engaged on a voyage where passengers are scheduled to be on board for more than 24 h, musters of newly-embarked passengers shall take place prior to or immediately upon departure. Passengers shall be instructed in the use of the lifejackets and the action to take in an emergency.

2.3 Whenever new passengers embark, a passenger safety briefing shall be given immediately before departure, or immediately after departure. The briefing shall include the instructions required by regulations 8.2 and 8.4, and shall be made by means of an announcement, in one or more languages likely to be understood by the passengers. The announcement shall be made on the ship's public address system, or by other equivalent means likely to be heard at least by the passengers who have not yet heard it during the voyage. The briefing may be included in the muster required by paragraph 2.2. Information cards or posters or video programmes displayed on ships video displays may be used to supplement the briefing, but may not be used to replace the announcement."

After existing paragraph 3.2, a new paragraph 3.3 is inserted as follows:

"3.3 Crew members with enclosed space entry or rescue responsibilities shall participate in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill to be held on board the ship at least once every two months."

After the renumbered section 3.5, the following new section is added:

"3.6 Enclosed space entry and rescue drills

3.6.1 Enclosed space entry and rescue drills should be planned and conducted in a safe manner, taking into account, as appropriate, the guidance provided in the recommendations developed by the Organization*.

Each enclosed space entry and rescue drill shall include:

.1 checking and use of personal protective equipment required for entry;

.2 checking and use of communication equipment and procedures;

.3checking and use of instruments for measuring the atmosphere in enclosed spaces;

.4 checking and use of rescue equipment and procedures; and

.5 instructions in first aid and resuscitation techniques."

The following new subparagraph is added:

".5 risks associated with enclosed spaces and onboard procedures for safe entry into such spaces which should take into account, as appropriate, the guidance provided in recommendations developed by the Organization*.

The recommendations developed by the IMO are the Revised Recommendations for Entering Enclosed Spaces aboard Ships (Resolution A.1050 (27)).

Other documents that you can find in MoU Inspection web are the IACS Procedural Requirement for Confined Space Safe Entry (No.37) and the IACS Confined Space Safe Practice (No. 72).

Lastly, as soon as Paris MOU puplishes a relevant checklist, it will be added here.

Other useful material:

01 West of England bulletin - Enclosed Space Entry

02 TT club - Entry into enclosed spaces – ships’ cargo spaces

03 SSM - The Dangers of Confined Spaces

04 Pages from 1258 The Report May 09

05 MCA safety bulletin 2008 (Fatalities)

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  1. Being a little mischievous?
    There is nothing new in confined space entry ?
    ie access and egress.
    However, a major problem is awareness by those entering and those responsible for ensuring that the space is safe.