Watchkeepers rest hours to be cracked down from September

By Curious

Port State Control (PSC) authorities are going to launch a crackdown on the rest hours to ensure the watchkeepers are getting the STCW Convention (Standards of Training and Certification of Watchkeepers) rest hours.

For three months, starting from September 1 and ending on November 30, the authorities in countries covered by the Paris and Tokyo MOU (Memoranda of Understanding) on Port State Control are going to hold a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC). The campaign provides the carrying out of about 10,000 inspections during which the Port State Control Officers will verify the hours of rest of the watchkeepers on the deck and in the engine room. The officers will be using questionnaire where special attention will be paid on the records of rest and the Minimum Safe Manning Document (MSMD).

Furthermore, information will be collected from the watch system - whether the vessels is designated UMS (Periodically Unattended Machinery Space) and whether the MSMD requires an engineer officer.

If the authorities find deficiencies, the action may vary from simply recording them (plus instructing the captain to rectify it within a certain time) to detaining the vessel.