CIC Results Underline Propulsion/Power Problems

By Eric Haun at April 03, 2014 15:04
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Photo: Paris MoU

Last summer, the maritime authorities of the Tokyo and Paris MOUs on Port State Control (PSC) announced the joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) to address compliance with aspects of SOLAS Chapter II-1/Construction – Structure, Subdivision and Stability, Machinery and Electrical Installations.

In launching the inspections initiative, which ran from September 1 to November 30, 2013, the MoUs said, “The scope of the CIC is the safety of propulsion and auxiliary machinery, especially the working order and maintenance of the main engines, auxiliary engines, auxiliary equipment and their related alarm systems.”

As results are processed, both the Paris and Tokyo MoUs are finding that maintaining propulsion and auxiliary machinery is an issue for many ships – perhaps to a greater degree than expected.

The Paris MoU’s preliminary CIC results show that a staggering 41% of all detentions directly resulted from deficiencies related to propulsion and auxiliary machinery, listing main problem areas as the main engine propulsion, cleanliness of the engine room and emergency source of power/emergency generator.

Preliminary CIC results from the Tokyo MoU similarly found that the most significant deficiencies found during the campaign were related power and propulsion machinery: emergency source of power and emergency lighting 25.4%, main and auxiliary boilers and boiler feed systems 17.3%, protective arrangements for machinery to minimize danger to persons with regard to moving parts, hot surfaces, electrical shock or other hazards 15.1% and cleanliness of the engine room 15%.

“Given the fact that 25% of the detentions were CIC-topic related during the campaign period, the preliminary results highlight that propulsion and auxiliary machinery installations on board remain a challenge to keep under control," the Tokyo MoU said.

In previous years, propulsion and machinery installation issues accounted on average for just 7% of the total number of deficiencies within the Tokyo and Paris MoU´s, ranking sixth in comparison with all the deficiencies by category.

And according to the Paris MoU, more than half (54%) of all CIC-topic related detentions involved ships of 20 years or more: The detention rate for these ships was 3.6%, compared to the overall rate 1.8%.

“This outcome illustrates that wear and tear of propulsion and auxiliary machinery remains an issue which should be adequately addressed by ship owners,” said Richard Schiferli, Secretary General of the Paris MoU on PSC.

The campaign results will be analyzed in greater detail before presentations to the PSC, after which a full report will be submitted to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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