IMMARBE implements a Self-Inspection Program
17 January 2020 | C20004
With an aim to minimize the number of detentions, IMMARBE provides Owners with key information that can be used as a tool to prevent deficiencies and/or detentions by implementing a Self-Inspection Program.
Ship Owners/ Managers/ Operators | Surveyors / Auditors
The Technical Department of IMMARBE has developed a Self-Inspection Checklist highlighting all necessary items in order to confirm compliance with international and national requirements.
The checklist is to be used as an instrument to self-inspect Belize flagged vessels by their Master’s, allowing the prompt identification of deficiencies and their rectification prior to a Port State Control Inspection is performed.
It aims to minimize the number of deficiencies found by a Port State Control Officer and finally to mitigate the possibility of having the vessel detained by a Port State Control Authority.
Deficiencies identified and reported by the Master will not be considered as a non-compliance; on the contrary, the identification of deficiencies will allow IMMARBE to assist in the proper rectification and closing of these deficiencies.
The Self-Inspection Checklist must be submitted to IMMARBE’s Technical Department on monthly basis and within the first 5 days of each month except for those vessels found by a Port State Control Officer with 7 or more deficiencies. It’ important to note that the information contained in the Self-Inspection Checklist must be verified and confirmed by the Designated Person Ashore (DPA).
All vessels found with 7 or more deficiencies will be included in a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) for non-compliant vessels.
The Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) will require the submission of the Self-Inspection Checklist twice a month for a period of 90 days. Vessels included in the Performance Improvement Plan must perform the first submission during the first 5 days and the second on the 15th of each month.
IMMARBE assures that a proper enforcement of the Self-Inspection onboard Belize flagged vessels will definitely reduce the amount of detentions.
Ship Owners / Managers / Operators of Belize flagged vessels must instruct the Masters onboard to submit the Self-Inspection Checklist, as requested by IMMARBE to its Technical Department (Eng. Eduardo Simon, firstname.lastname@example.org; Mr Anique Sabal, email@example.com and Ms Sharon Escalante, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dromon Surveyors on each survey, audit, inspection should verify that evidences of submitting the Self-Inspection Checklist to IMMARBE exist onboard. Lack of evidence shall be considered as a deficiency due to non-compliance with the Flag Requirements.