>Paris MOU Concerned About Poor Life Boat Drills

>The Paris MOU issued a press release stating that between the Sep. 1 and Nov. 30, 2009, a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on lifeboat launching arrangements was conducted jointly with the Tokyo MOU.

The 27 member authorities of the Paris MOU carried out 5,749 inspections. During each inspection vital points of SOLAS Chapter III, ISM and the LSA Code requirements were verified. Preliminary results from the Paris MOU inspections show that one out of every five inspections revealed CIC-related deficiencies. During the 3 month period, 246 ships have been detained. 30% of these detentions were CIC related. This means that in 80 cases the lifeboat launching appliances had deficiencies which were serious enough to detain the ship.

During the campaign 2,136 CIC-related deficiencies were found. The campaign revealed that one out of every eight drills, when conducted, was not performed satisfactorily. This is an issue of serious concern to the Paris MOU Member States, and is often caused by lack of training.