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Friday March 24, 2017

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Port State Control OfficerRecent Developments
The PYA is aware of the recent detention of three yachts at Genoa. The deficiencies listed by the Port Sate ControlĀ  Officers were:








Yacht A - 418 GT

- Entry missing from Oil Record Book
- Oil drums improperly stowed in bilge well
- Flag State Endorsement of Ch. Engineer's CoC missing
- SOPEP - List of national contacts missing
- Self closing valve on sludge tank tied open
- Bilge well dirty
- Bilge high level sensor disconnected
- Quick-closing valve on fuel day tank not operative
- 15ppm sensor not operative
- Oily Water Separator not operative

Yacht B - 692 GT
- ISM not operating correctly
- Charts not corrected
- Two Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus had pressure gauges showing red
- Some ship's papers incorrectly amended with new name by Class, not Flag
- Original CoC for Master & Mate not on board, only copies.
- No passage plan for voyage just completed
- Some nautical publications out of date

Yacht C - 613 GT
- Charts not corrected
- Gyrocompass not operative
- SOPEP - List of national contacts not up to date
- Nautical publications not up to date
- Crew less then required by Safe Manning Document
- Annual test of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon not carried out
- Ship's papers - Long Range Identification & Tracking system not recorded on Form E
- Oily Water Separator not operative
- ISM not operating correctly
- Emergency fire pump not operative

Conclusions:
For various reasons, including the fact that professional yachting has an extremely good casualty record, Flag and Class surveyors have traditionally been tolerant of minor deficiencies in our documentation and our compliance with the various Conventions; taking the pragmatic view that the end result is more important that precise adherence to the rules.

Those days are, alas, over and we must all prepare ourselves and our ships for inspection by PSC Officers who know little about yachting and who see no reason to "cut a little slack" when inspecting us.

As may be seen from the three examples above, it's going to be very difficult to get through a More Detailed Inspection without collecting any deficiencies and even a few deficiencies will have long term consequences. In light of this, Angus McLean's suggestion of a "dry run" is very sensible.

In addition, useful pre-inspection checklists from Lloyds Register and AMSA may be downloaded from the PYA's website.

C.R. Le Quesne

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