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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 weekend/Saturday.

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 subject.

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 12K.

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 remarkable.

                                                     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. 

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