OverviewAMSA announced that they are carrying out ongoing watertight and weathertight integrity inspections during routine Port State Control (PSC) throughout 2022-23.
Aim of enhanced inspections
The aim of the inspections is to support foreign-flagged and regulated Australian ships with information to help operators avoid water ingress and the associated safety and financial risks. Ship inspection data shows that watertight and weathertight integrity remains a persistent and concerning issue for ships in Australian ports, making up 9% of detainable deficiencies in 2021.
QuestionnaireThere is no specific questionnaire for the above announced inspections. AMSA PSCOs will focus on watertight & weathertight condition of the vessels during typical PSC inspection.
HighlightsWatertight and weathertight elements are part of the design of a ship. Watertightness is required for all openings located below the ship’s waterline, for example, shaft tunnels, ballast tanks, and bow thruster compartments. They must be designed and maintained to prevent ingress and egress of water during continuous submersion. Weathertightness is required for all other ship components, which must be designed and maintained to prevent water from entering the ship in any sea conditions.Watertight and weathertight deficiencies identified during a port State control inspection often reflect a failure of the planned maintenance program to address watertight and weathertight integrity issues in areas such as:
Effective and regular maintenance:
Actions requiredShip managers and Masters should be prepared to address related items. Mostly watertightness and weather tightness is a construction item but maintenance of applicable systems and equipment is vital for the preservation of condition.
Key items for good preparation as below:
How we may helpThrough RiSK4SEA platform an analysis on AMSA findings on related Deficiency Categories as per Appendix.
Safety of navigation
Life Saving Appliances
Water/Weathertight Conditions Are in top 5 PSC Deficiency Areas in AMSA PSC regime. AMSA seems to be very strict on such items as the PSC results on this category are higher (stricter) than Global.Most Common Findings on PSC Codes of “Water/Weathertight Condition” Deficiency Category in AMSA PSC Regime – Last 36 months
Rank in AMSA
03105 – Covers (hatchway-, portable-, tarpaulins, etc.)
03108 – Ventilators, air pipes, casings
03103 – Railing, gangway, walkway and means for safe 114 passage
03104 – Cargo & other hatchways
03107 – Doors
03199 – Other (load lines)
03102 – Freeboard marks
03109 – Machinery space openings
03112 – Scuppers, inlets, and discharges
03110 – Manholes/flush scuttles
03114 – Stowage incl.uprights, lashing,etc. (timber)