PARIS MOU LAUNCHES HARMONISED VERIFICATION PROGRAMME (HAVEP) ON PASSENGER SHIPS
In May 2012 the Paris MoU
Port State control committee
agreed to organize a
Programme (HAVEP) on
passenger ships safety. The
HAVEP has commence on
January 1, 2013 and ending
on December 31, 2013.The HAVEP aims to ensure that in the event of shipboard emergency the crew can organise themselves into an effective team to tackle the emergency as well as the officers and crew can effectively communicate with each other and shore based support and rescue services. Additionally, the HAVEP aims to ensure that the Master is in control and information is following to/from the command centre and in the event of the situation getting out of hand the crew and passengers can safely abandon the ship.
The HAVEP excludes passenger ferries and passenger high-speed craft.
WHAT THE HAVEP WILL INCLUDE?
The HAVEP will concentrate on the following items:
Passenger muster and evacuation;
Abandon ship drill;
Testing the emergency source of power; and
Operation of watertight doors.
During the HAVEP the Master shall ask the local Coastguard / Coast Radio station to participate in the exercise. Additionally, the Company may also be asked to participate. If passengers are onboard it is up to the discretion of the Master whether they should be encouraged to attend the passenger muster and abandon ship drill.
Paris MoU has prepared a questionnaire with items to be checked during the HAVEP.