(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) This PSC Annual report covers the period between 1st January and 31st December 2020, a year dominated by the global Covid-19 pandemic that changed the world, affected millions of people and also caused significant impact on BS MOU activities. During this period national measures affecting the port State control regime was implemented by the BS MOU member Authorities due to ongoing pandemic.
In 2020, the BS MOU member Authorities conducted a total of 5,721 inspections, representing slight 5.22 per cent decrease as compared with 6,036 initial inspections in 2019. The regional inspection rate is 74.69% which shows minor decrease compared with 2019 (75.31%). A total of 241 detentions were warranted to ships found with serious
deficiencies and compared with 212 detentions in 2019 the number of detentions increased as 13.68 per cent.
The detention percentage in 2020 was 4.21% which is also higher than 2019 (3.51%).
During 2020 a total of 15,442 deficiencies were recorded. The average number of deficiencies per inspection in 2020 slightly decreases as 3.22 to 2.70 as compared with 2019.
The most significant number of operational deficiencies found in 2020 was in the area of safety of navigation, followed by life saving appliances, health protection, medical care, social security, fire safety measures and structural conditions which constitutes 57.1% of the total deficiencies found.
International Safety Management (ISM) related issues accounted for 9.88 per cent of all detainable deficiencies in the 2020 reporting period which is 1.15 per cent increase compared with 2019. Thereby this area remains a significant concern and the BS MOU continues to scrutinize vessels coming into region for weaknesses in their Safety Management Systems.
In further promoting safety and environment protection, Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC)s are conducted in conjunction with the Paris and Tokyo Memorandas, between 1st September and 30th November. In 2020, the CIC would have been carried out with respect to the Stability in General. However, BS MOU authorities have agreed to postpone all CICs by one year, as a consequence of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The CIC on Stability will therefore shift from 2020 to 2021 and the CIC on STCW from 2021 to 2022.
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Source: Black Sea MoU