Members are to be aware that the due to some marine incidents with aged bulk carriers, the China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) is carrying out a six-month Port State Inspection Concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on international bulk carriers. This CIC started on 15 June and will continue till 31 December 2017.
The CIC will aim at International voyage bulk carriers of 10,000GT and above, 15 years age and above, as priority targets as well as bulk carriers converted from oil tanker with the focus on structures of bulk carriers, and includes the following in detail; 1) Agreement between ship and terminal about loading & unloading plan (IMO Res A.862 (20)), 2) Approved loading manual, 3) ESP (Enhanced Survey Programme) file onboard (IMO Res. A744 (18)), 4) Thickness measurement report ,5) Weather tightness of hatch covers, 6) Hatch corner plate and hatch coaming, 7) Hold frames and structures in cargo holds, 8) Bulkhead structures in cargo holds, and 9) Structures in ballast tanks.
The CIC inspection will be conducted combining with flag Administration inspection and PSC inspection, if necessary, relevant recognized organization (RO) will be invited for the inspection together.
For full details, please refer to the notice issued by China MSA.
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