Tokyo MoU-Preliminary Results of the CIC on STCW 2022 (March 2023)
The concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) on STCW was carried out in the Tokyo MOU region from 1 September to 30 November 2022; the CIC was jointly carried out with the Paris MoU.
The aim of this CIC is to have a better understanding of the training and certification of crew members on board ships of various flag States, and to check the arrangements made by the company and the implementation of relevant requirements on watchkeeping and rest on board.
During the campaign period, the member Authorities of the Tokyo MOU carried out 6,953 PSC inspections, of which 5,908 (84.97%) included the CIC inspection. 1,041 CIC related deficiencies were found on 802 ships representing 13.57% of the CIC inspections.
The highest number of inspections were carried out on ships flying the flags of Panama 1,631 (27.61%), followed by Liberia 700 (11.85%), Hong Kong, China 579 (9.80%) and Marshall Islands 548 (9.28%).
CIC related detentions by flag State were as follows:
- Panama 8 out of 1,631 inspections, giving a detention rate of 0.49%
- Liberia 2 out of 700 inspections, giving a detention rate of 0.29%
- Vietnam 2 out of 161 inspections, giving a detention rate of 1.24%
- Other flags 8 out of 3416 inspections, giving a detention rate of 0.23%
However, the flags with the highest detention rates were:
- Guyana 1 out of 1 inspection, giving a detention rate of 100%
- Comoros 1 detention out of 3 inspections, giving a detention rate of 33.3%
- Cook Islands 1 out of 9 inspections, giving a detention rate of 11.1%
The most satisfactory results were reported for Question 2 on certificates of competency required by the Minimum Safe Manning Document with 99.93% favourable answers, which indicates a high level of compliance regarding crew certification. Whereas, the least favourable results were reported for Question 6 on records for hours of rest with 4.40% negative answers.
20 of the 5,908 ships subject to a CIC inspection were detained as a direct result of the campaign. This represents 8.6% of all 232 detentions for all 6,953 ships inspected over the period. Comparing the 0.34% CIC related detention rate and the 3.34% overall detention rate during the period, the outcome of the CIC indicates a relatively high level of compliance with STCW in general.
Further analysis of the results of the campaign will be considered by the Port State Control Committee meeting scheduled in October 2023 and will also be presented to the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Implementation of IMO Instruments (III).