Article "ripped" from Paris MOU's website
ENFORCEMENT OF STCW95 BY PARIS MOU
Paris and Tokyo MOU Committees have confirmed that when the IMO's period of
grace ends on 1 August the provisions of the new STCW95 Convention will be
strictly enforced by port States in the Regions.
issued with Letters of Warning since the Convention came into force in February
2002 will be given priority for inspection, but all ships inspected will be
expected to comply.
State Control Officers (PSCO's) will verify that all seafarers required to be
certificated do hold a valid certificate or dispensation. In addition officers
will be required to have an appropriate certificate from the Administration and
endorsement from the flag State, or have documentary proof that an application
for endorsement has been made. This proof could be a written confirmation from
the flag State that an application has been received from an individual.
Alternatively a copy of the seafarers written application to the Administration,
clearly showing name, certificate number, date of issue and validity would be
all other documentation is in order, taking into account the above factors, the
absence of a flag State endorsement or documentary proof of application to flag
State will be recorded as a deficiency which must be rectified at the next port.
Failure to do so will result in the detention of the ship.
with seafarers not properly certificated will face detention if the deficiencies
represent an unreasonable danger to persons, property or the environment, taking
into account the length and nature of the voyage, the level of non-compliance
and other factors.
detainable deficiencies include:
· No Safe Manning Document or the manning is not in accordance with the Safe Manning Document;
· Certificates of Competency are not available or not in accordance with the requirements of the Safe Manning Document;
· No mandatory specialized training document or endorsement available, where required; · No radio operator certificates available;
· No documentation for personnel with designated safety or pollution prevention duties available;
· No flag State endorsement or documentary proof of application available (noting that a seafarer may only serve on board for a period not exceeding 3 months on the basis of an application and that the application should be made before serving in that capacity).
in the manning documentation will be considered as clear grounds for a more
detailed inspection which could include operational drills and an examination of
the ship's safety management system, if appropriate.