The Company Of Master Mariners of India - CMMI jointly with Mumbai Branch of Institute of
Marine Engineers India- IME ( I ) organized a Seminar on one of the most
critical subjects for ship owners/
operators, that being, PORT STATE CONTROL INSPECTIONS .
Despite the fact that the issue is well known and in-existence for
decades, a need was felt to address this, due to persistence of large number of
deficiencies on board ships, during PSC inspections. The Seminar was arranged
on 11th January 2020 at IRS’s Auditorium, Mumbai. It was very
delightful to see the hall packed with stake holders despite being
Lighting of Lamp, as it stands for auspiciousness, prosperity and abundance,
was performed and thereafter the Seminar commenced.
Capt B K Jha- Master, CMMI and MrUdayPurohit-President IME ( I ) welcomed the Chief Guest MrArun Sharma, eminent Speakers, Panelist and
Augusta gathering for taking their time out and share their valued input on the
CMMI promote and foster continued professional development of
seafarers. Their activities include assisting Directorate General in many
advisory committees& at IMO; Extra- Master On-Line classes in May last
year, amongst others. CMMI has 15 Chapters in India and one overseas in Dubai
with membership over 3500 highlighted by Capt Jha.
IME ( I ) is a
premier body representing marine engineering professionals from India, resource
for those engaged in the practice of Marine Engineering and allied subjects and
lead the profession globally, has 8 Branches and 6 Chapters with members about
Chief Guest MrArun Sharma in his address focused
on Quality Management and emphasized on Quality Shipping and to operate ships
as Quality Operator.
After brief addresses from CMMI and IME ( I ) representatives, Chief
Guest MrArunsharma, Executive Chairman, Indian Register of Shipping ( IRS )
was invited to address the audience. He focused on Quality Management and
emphasized on Quality Shipping and to operate ships as Quality Operator. He
advised members to anchor on three areas, Firstly Commitment from management, next onboard maintenance/ quality hardware and 3rd most
importantly Seafarers. His vision and
role was not limited to Class but Beyond Class.
Seminar then moved on
to presentation from speakers.
Panelists- Mr Vikrant Rai, Mr T Girish, Mr P. Gangopadhyay , Capt Sanjeev
Sharma, Capt Vinod Kumar
Mr Vikrant Rai, Dy. DG (Tech) addressed on Observations of Flag Administration.“ Are
Seafarers and larger Maritime Community aware about the effect of poor PSC
performance on Flags?” ; “ Are Shipping Organizations only worried about the
benefit to get from Administration? Do they pressurize their poor performing
member to improve its vessel PSC performance?” were critical concerns
highlighted by MrRai. He showed Qualitative Analysis of vessel inspected v/s
detention with various scenarios - Master & CE over 60 years, Master &
CE first timer, Superintendent inspection carried out in last 3 months,
internal audit carried out in last 6 months and Class survey done in last 3
months…in all cases of detention, deficiencies
found were significant & alarming.
Mrs Archana Saxena Sangal, Chief Engineer with Fleet Ship
Management displayed in her presentation, the core areas of inspection covering
check lists from documentations / record of rest hours to bridge equipment to
life saving appliances, ER / Deck, highlighting with photos from Seafarer’s perspective. “There is a
fear in the mind of on board ship staff when PSC Inspector boards the vessel”
stated by her. She urged that there should be friendly approach from PSC
Inspectors. Very well presented and applauded by audience.
Mr David Birwadkar, VP – Training & Assessment with
GESCO highlighted on value added technical courses being conducted in IME (I).
Recently IME (I) has launched hydraulic Course for ship operators, the target
audience being seafarers and superintendents.
Mr V. K. Chandrasekharan, Head – Quality &
Safety with GESCO, presented Company
perspective covering KPI v/s last three years PSC statistics. He focused on “Company “and “Officers &
Crew on board “involvement in maintaining a quality ship. GESCO has policy to
reward ships staff for zero deficiencies in a PSC inspection. .
GESCO fleet statistics showing no detention for year 2019 was
Speaker Mr A B Dutta
Mr A K Dutta, Secretary Indian Ocean MOU, ex Engineer &
Ship’s Surveyor / DG addressed his Views
On Indian Ocean MOU. He presented Listing of Black, Grey and White flags
under Paris and Tokyo MOU, explaining that listing is exclusively on number of
detention and not on deficiencies. He
presented the record of last 3 years under Paris MOU with highlights on top 5
categories of deficiencies. These categories being critical/safety related, PSC
Inspector ensures thorough checks on these categories he conveyed in the
presentation. Tokyo MOU and Indian Ocean MOU also indicated similar categories
of deficiencies. He also explained on procedures of calculating Black (high
excess factor), Grey (low excess factor) & White listing (negative excess factor)
under Paris MOU. Under Paris MOU, record indicated for 3 years 2016 to 2018,
White list flag showed 89.20 %, Grey 3.60 % & black Flag 6.44%. This
included 46 Indian Flag Ships with 71 inspections, 8 detentions, 8 ISM
deficiencies, 207 Non- ISM deficiencies and 1 ban, a matter of concern! He
closed his presentation with take away for audience with tips on continuously
oversee of the vessel inspection reports and analysis of performance through
dedicated senior officer in the fleet.
Capt Bhasin - Secretary General CMMI
CMMI Secretary General Capt Bhasin, Master Capt Jha and MrVivek Jain,
Chairman IMEI invited Authors Capt Ramesh Khare and Capt Vijay Galande of book
“ Management & Operation of Container Terminals and Multi- Model Transport
Logistics” on stage and formally
released their co-authored book .
Today China has
turnover of 250 Million TEUs covering their terminals with Shanghai port alone
handling 40 Million TEUs against India, where the ports handle only 20 million
TEU in all ports, said Capt.Ramesh Khare. The book suggests various methods to
increase TEUs turn over in Indian ports and supports GOI in Sagarmala programme.
Moderator Capt S M Halbe Ex MD GEM
currently CEO MASSA
A panel discussion moderated by Capt S.M. Halbe Ex MD GEM currently CEO
MASSA, which brought forth various views and comments from the audience. The
forum was summed up with vote of thanks by Mr
V. K Jain, Chairman Mumbai / IMEI followed by lunch.