AN INVESTIGATION INTO BULK CARRIER DEFICIENCY REGARDING BRIDGE SAFETY OF NAVIGATION IN THE CONTEXT OF PARIS MOU


Dal Ö., Gökdemir Işık N., Öztürk O. B.

2nd INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM SERIES ON GRADUATE RESEARCHES 2023, İzmir, Turkey, 14 - 15 December 2023, pp.1-8

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İzmir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1-8
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Ships operating in maritime transport conduct their voyages within the framework of national and international standards. These regulations, known as flag state requirements at the national level, are referred to internationally as port state controls, which authorise port owner states to carry out inspections. Through their inspections, port states assess the compliance of the ships they inspect with international standards. The Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a port state control system that performs these inspections and, in addition to routine inspections, conducts consantrated inspection campaigns (CIC) on different topics each year. The findings of the inspections are published in the form of annual reports.

The aim of the study is to reveal the deficiencies in the bridge area of the ships in terms of SOLAS Chapter 5 Safety of Navigation provisions within the scope of Paris MoU inspections. For this purpose, statistical data from 2008 and 2017 were analysed based on the reports of the Paris MoU. CIC, particularly on SOLAS Chapter 5 Safety of Navigation, was carried out during this period. In addition, the inspection results of five vessels arrested for safety of navigation are presented as case studies. As a result of the inspections carried out in 2008, it was observed that a total of 1872 deficiencies related to safety of navigation were recorded and 81 of these deficiencies caused the ships to be arrested. From 2009 to 2016, 16.35% of all deficiencies identified were related to safety of navigation, 146 vessels were detained and 47 vessels were arrested as a result of the inspections carried out in 2017. As a result, it is expected that the findings of the study will create an awareness of the deficiency areas in the bridge location of the ships and contribute to the maritime literature in this direction.