Qingdao & Shanghai PSC focus on ships with mechanical and electrical failures
Local authorities in Qingdao and Shanghai ports have recently announced tighter control on ships with mechanical and electrical failures, resulting in some ships being detained consecutively following PSC inspections.
A “Self-checklist for Ships Intending to Enter Qingdao Port” suggests 9 items- falling into three categories: M/E & A/E, Main and Emergency Power and Steering Gear – to be checked in advance.
It is noted that Qingdao MSA plans to establish a “list” of ships which are continuously found with mechanical and electrical failure or main engine failure.
Ships will be detained by PSCOs if found with mechanical and electrical failures or main engine malfunction and will not be permitted to depart until rectification is made.
Wusong MSA also issued a similar notice announcing enhanced safety inspection to ships entering Shanghai section of Yangtze River. Ships are required to test main engine, steering system and emergency equipment etc. to ensure they are in good working condition.
A “Self-checklist for Ships Intending to Enter the Yangtze River Shanghai Section”, listing 10 items (almost identical with Qingdao port’s list) to be checked in advance.
Ship managers should thoroughly prepare their managed fleet prior entering areas of Qingdao port and Shanghai port authorities’ responsibility.