in view of recent USCG detentions related to SMS failure, has recommended that Owners, Operators, DPAs are to encourage their Master’s and Chief Engineers to thoroughly check to ensure that their SMS procedures are properly implemented, for example: Deficiencies or defects affecting compliance with the vessel SMS or International Conventions concerning Safety, Security, and Environmental are reported and corrective action is initiated. If a block or other obstruction is used during a test of a quick closing valve, ensure it is removed immediately after the test to restore the values safety feature. If using the OWS sample valve, replace the seal in accordance with the SMS. If entering an enclosed space, ensure the correct procedures are followed and documented.
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