A new Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Stability in General has been announced jointly by several MoUs (Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU, Black Sea MoU, Indian MoU, Mediterranean, Riyadh and Vina del Mar MoUs), commencing from 1 September 2021 and ending 30 November 2021.
Aim of CIC
The aim and scope of this CIC is to ensure that stability systems onboard are installed, available and approved. In addition, that stability calculations for each voyage are carried out and documented adequately. As such, Master and responsible officers will be checked for familiarization and their knowledge of the loading systems provided on board, the use of stability software and documentation.
Previous Similar Campaign
During 2010, Paris MoU conducted a similar CIC on stability with main focus on IMO stability requirements for tankers. Following same practice, it can be assumed that the key items to be checked would be: Stability documentation (Stability Booklet/Loading manuals etc) Loading calculations (Loading computer and software/ Loading documents) Responsible officers’ familiarization with the above Ship Organization to respond to emergencies which require stability calculations (grounding/flooding/cargo list etc)
PSC Deficiency Codes applicable for CIC
The CIC will be included in the routine PSC inspections and responsible PSCO will be provided with the relevant CIC questionnaire, which is not published yet. The identified deficiencies will be reported to the official PSC report for each ship. The PSC codes applicable for stability and loading issues are the following:
|Certificate & Documentation||01313||Booklet for bulk cargo loading/unloading/stowage|
|Certificate & Documentation||01316||Cargo information|
|Certificate & Documentation||01317||Cargo record book|
|Certificate & Documentation||01326||Stability Information Booklet|
|Structural Conditions||02102||Damage control plan|
|Structural Conditions||02103||Stability/strength/loading information and instruments|
|Structural Conditions||02134||Loading/Ballast condition|
|Cargo operations including equipment||06109||Loading instrument|
|ISM Code||15107||Emergency preparedness|
Expected to be published within August 2021
Actions required Ship managers should be prepared to address all items above as appropriate. Stability is related to many serious incidents due to incorrect ship loading conditions or missing intact stability documentation on board. Responsible officers should be trained to provide information on the stability calculations for current or upcoming voyage and be able to demonstrate the response. How we may help
we provides guidance based on data from RiSK4SEA platform, in particular on findings by Paris and Tokyo MoU on possible deficiencies related to CIC. Additionally, a full best practice guidance will be provided in order to address the CIC questionnaire checklist, when published.