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NATIONAL WORKSHOP ON SAFE OPERATION OF DOMESTIC PASSENGER FERRIES AND SMALL VESSELS FOR INSPECTORS AND OPERATORS IN ZANZIBAR

15 October to 19 October 2012

CONCERNING THE ADOPTION OF SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR NON – CONVENTION SHIPS AND FISHING VESSELS IN ZANZIBAR

RECOGNIZING that a significant number of ships in Zanzibar are not covered by the provisions of the International Maritime Conventions, with regard to their size, their type of voyages in which they are engaged,

CONVINCED that the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment in Zanzibar would be greatly improved through the adoption of safety regulations for non-convention ships and for fishing vessels, based on the same principles as those embodied in IMO conventions,

REALIZING that the non-concerted adoption by countries in the region of such regulations could result in the introduction of a number of different independent systems of assigning load lines and determining regulations for the construction, equipment, operation and maintenance of the smaller fleet, which is not desirable,

NOTING that the establishment of a harmonized set of domestic regulations will facilitate trade, the supply of services between the countries of the region and the effective work of the Administrations,

NOTING FURTHER that the safety of ships not covered by the provisions of IMO conventions has become one of IMO’s priorities,

ACKNOWLEDGING the efforts made by the Government of Zanzibar, in enhancement of maritime safety including having in place legislation and a Maritime Authority,

TAKING ADVANTAGE of the efforts of the International Maritime Organization to promote maritime safety and the protection of the marine environment through its Integrated Technical Co-operation Program to the benefit of Member States,

THE PARTICIPANTS attending the Zanzibar National Workshop, after having reviewed the IMO draft model Safety Regulations for non-convention ships and fishing vessels,

AGREED TO:

  1. Acknowledge, as a useful tool for national regulation improvement, the content and relevance of the draft IMO model regulations used during this workshop for ship safety certification and for technical requirements applicable to non-convention ships and fishing vessels ,as further reviewed and revised,

  2. Recommend that the Zanzibar Maritime Authority carefully review and evaluate these regulations with the view to improving the appropriate national laws,

  3. 3. Propose the Zanzibar Government to request IMO to promote similar approaches and concurrent use of the model regulations by the maritime administrations of the other countries in the region,

  4. Propose the Zanzibar Government to promote, within the framework of the region, the adoption of Port of state Control (PSC) procedures for cargo ships and small passenger ships and fishing vessels not covered by the provisions of the IMO safety related conventions,

  5. Propose Zanzibar Maritime Authority to encourage the operators to use the services of classification societies to cover the local vessels in the area.

  6. Call upon ZMA to oversee the safety management of vessels in consideration of the ISM Code in order to improve safety standard of the vessels.

  7. Call upon ZMA to have in place survey and inspection procedures to ensure that substandard vessels do not operate in Zanzibar.

  8. Propose to the Zanzibar Government to request IMO to undertake:

  1. Provision of further support and technical assistance aimed at the effective implementation of the national or regional safety regulations derived from the IMO model regulations, including the training of surveyors,

  2. Promotion and capacity building in the practice of accident and incident investigations,

  3. Development of training modules for short courses for surveyors in relevant areas, such as small ships stability, load lines and certification.


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