The Maritime Authorities of the Paris, Black Sea and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on port state control will launch a joint concentrated inspection campaign on STCW hours of rest; other port state control regimes may participate as well. The campaign is aimed to verify that watchkeeping personnel are complying with the requirements regarding hours of rest per STCW 78 as amended. The inspection campaign will be held for three months, 1 September 2014 through 30 November 2014.
Owners and operators of U.S. flag vessels should expect that during regular port state control inspections, selected items will be inspected in more detail for compliance with STCW. Port state control officers will utilize a questionnaire that covers nine selected areas for verification.
For full details and guidance, including the questionnaire, view the marine safety information bulletin.
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