The Member Authorities of the Tokyo MOU with other co-operating MOUs will carry-out a concentrated inspection campaign on Cargo Securing Arrangements on the 1st September 2016 through the 30th November 2016.
The purpose or goal of this year’s CIC is to gain knowledge on the compliance of ships with applicable Cargo Securing requirements and the overall safety of ships and seafarers engaged in cargo securing operations.
The objectives of the Tokyo MOU member states in the performance the CIC are to:
- measure compliance with the requirements of the applicable international conventions;
- ensure that the Master, Officers, and Crew are familiar with procedures for cargo securing arrangements; and,
- raise awareness of the hazards associated with cargo securing and with safe practices for cargo securing.
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This "MOU," is to say the least interesting.
Transport of goods by sea is not a new phenomenon and has been around for a few thousand years.
As this memo is based on SOLAS 1974 are we to assume that the standard of safety of vessels has been reduced?
It refers to the ability of the vessels crew to ensure that the cargo is stowed in a safe and secure manner!
Hence, the onus for vessel safety is placed on the vessels crew with out any reference to the owners to ensure the vessel is fully manned and operated by a competent crew and officers.
As several major losses have apparently been due to under manning of vessels and lack of operator competence is this the underwriters saying we are no longer prepared to accept these losses?