2017 CIC Results on safety of Navigation in Black Sea MoU

20 June 2018 |  C18029

The Black Sea MoU released the report on the CIC on Safety on Navigation, including ECDIS, completed on November 30, 2017.

Ship Owners/ Managers/ Operators | Flag State Administrations | Surveyors / Auditors

From 01 September 2017 to 30 November 2017, the Black Sea MoU carried out a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation throughout the region.

The campaign involved all member States of the Black Sea MoU and was conducted in conjunction with the Tokyo MOU, Paris MOU and other MOUs. The aim of the campaign was to check the conformity of safety regulations for ships, the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety and the competency of crew involved in navigation operations.

The Report documents the results of the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Safety of Navigation, including ECDIS, which was carried out by six (6) Black Sea MoU Member Authorities.

The results

During the campaign, a total of 983 inspections were carried out with the CIC questionnaire involving 983 individual ships. Of this quantity 59 ships were detained with 21 (35.6%) detentions being within the CIC scope. This means that in 21 cases the navigation systems are not meeting SOLAS requirements and had deficiencies, which were serious enough to detain the ship, resulting in a CIC-topic related detention rate of 2.14%.

A total of 180 questionnaires had at least a non-compliance to a requirement, resulting 18.3% of CIC inspections. The overall average of non-conformities was 2.68%.

The most notable non-conformities 

7.6%       Lack of exhibition of navigation/signal lights in accordance with the requirements of COLREG72

6.2%       Lack of passage plan covering the whole voyage

2.9%       Ship’s VDR/SVDR not record data fully

It has been observed that ships younger than 15 years age performing relatively well with 566 (58.58%) inspections with only two (2) CIC topic related detentions.

Older ships, particularly those 30 years and older, show reason for concern with majority of detentions 11 (52.4%) and 98 (40.0%) non-conformities, although subjecting one fourth of inspections 241 (24.5%).

High CIC topic related detention rate, CIC inspections with non-conformities, unfavourable results to the questions mentioned above raise concern on the industry level of compliance to the SOLAS Chapter V and in particular on the overall status of the vessel’s navigation safety.

Act now

Shipowners / Managers / Operators are recommended to take into consideration the results shown in the report and the CIC-related non-conformities.

It is important to note that non-compliance or inadequacy of the exhibition of navigation/signal lights in accordance with the requirements of COLREG72 is a significant potential danger to the vessel itself and overall safety.

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