Upcoming AMSA focused inspection campaign to tackle planned maintenance
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) recently issued a marine notice providing information to ship owners, operators and masters about a Focused Inspection Campaign (FIC) on planned maintenance, which will run from January 15 to March 30, 2022.
The purpose of the FIC is to determine the level of compliance with the maintenance requirements of the International Conventions.
The FIC has been initiated by AMSA and is specific to Australia. It will apply to foreign flagged ships and Regulated Australian Vessels (RAVs) arriving at an Australian port.
AMSA inspectors will undertake the FIC in conjunction with a normal port or flag state control inspection. Any port state control deficiencies will be reported to regional port State control databases.
AMSA encourages ship owners and masters to familiarise themselves with the requirements SOLAS Chapter 1/II, Australian Marine Order 31 and their safety management systems implemented onboard.
Inspectors will complete a checklist when conducting focused inspections so that AMSA can collate and report on the outcomes. The results of the FIC will be analysed at the conclusion of the campaign, and a report will be published on AMSA’s website.
AMSA’s website provides information on the focused inspection campaign and a checklist of requirements that will be used during this FIC. AMSA encourages ship owners, operators and masters to review the information provided.