1. The Marine Industrial Safety Section (MISS) is the enforcing agency for
(a) the Part V of the Shipping and Port Control Ordinance (Cap. 313) and its subsidiary regulations, the Shipping and Port Control (Works) Regulation (Cap. 313 X) ;
This section is to ensure that vessels under repair, being broken up, engaged in cargo handling or marine construction in the waters of Hong Kong, comply with safety requirements stipulated in the statutes through conducting marine industrial safety inspection on vessels.
(b) the Part VIII of the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessel) Ordinance (Cap. 548) and its subsidiary regulations, the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels)(Works) Regulation (Cap. 548 I) ;
(c) the Freight Containers (Safety) Ordinance (Cap. 506) and its four subsidiary regulations ; and
(d) Section 3A of the Merchant Shipping (Safety) (Carriage of Cargoes and Oil Fuel) Regulation (Cap. 369AV) .
2. MISS deploys 3 motor launches for its staff to carry out the daily spot-check of vessels which are under repair, being broken up, engaged in cargo handling or marine construction operations in the port, floating docks, shipyards, marine construction sites and public cargo working areas, and checking safety conditions of cargo handling equipment and freight containers. In 2018, staff of MISS carried out 4,913 safety inspections by spot-checks on vessels.
3. In 2018, there were 83 casualties occurred in marine industrial operations as compared to the years 2017 & 2016 at 88 and 84; and there were 1 fatal accident (total 1 person) and 3 serious accidents. From 2016 to 2018, the average numbers of fatal and serious accidents are 2 and 13 per year. On average, it seems that there is an upward trend in marine industrial fatal accidents, each stakeholder should pay more attentions and make greater efforts to minimize it.
4. This section published and distributed a series of safety pamphlets, safety guides and other publicity materials and also conducting seminars at regular intervals in cooperation with Occupational Safety and Health Council, Labour Department and some main contractors for the promotion of marine industrial safety. There were 1,833 promotional activities performed and 137 warning letters or safety directions issued to marine industrial operators in 2018. Moreover, this section also issued various codes of practice under the Shipping and Port Control Ordinance (Cap. 313) and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) Ordinance (Cap. 548) for the practical guidance on the safety requirements stipulated in the subsidiary legislations i.e. the Shipping and Port Control (Works) Regulation (Cap. 313 X) and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels)(Works) Regulation (Cap. 548 I) , and on the safe working practices for the industry. 7 sets of relevant codes of practice in accordance with (Cap. 313) and 8 sets of codes of practice in accordance with (Cap. 548) have been notified the effective date in the gazette.
5. Marine Department has arranged with Maritime Services Training Institute and other training providers to run safety training courses for shipboard cargo handling workers and works supervisors and crane operators engaged in works. In Hong Kong, about 28,854 workers holding valid basic cargo handling safety training certificates, 6,615 with valid works supervisor safety training certificates; 2,269 with valid crane operator safety training certificates. And the relevant safety training courses can be available to the crewmembers of mainland river trade vessels through three recognised training institutes in the mainland.
6. To ensure the relevant stakeholders complies with the requirements of the section 3A of the Merchant Shipping (Safety) (Carriage of Cargoes and Oil Fuel) Regulation (Cap. 369 AV) which has been effective in July 2016. MISS deploys staff to randomly inspect the shipment records of shippers, weighing equipment operators, vessels and terminal operators in relation to the packed containers handled by them, checking their verified gross mass (VGM) for containers carrying cargo, also closely monitors the operation of the shipping and logistics industry and offers appropriate assistance when necessary. Since July 2016, staff of MISS carried out 952 relevant inspections and issued 14 warnings in written.
7. MISS will continue to enhance its service quality. Apart from routine inspections, this section will also perform target-orientated inspections. For marine construction works, joint safety inspections with Labour Department will keep going. In addition, MISS will actively participate in the relevant safety promotional events and meetings. Through these safety promotion activities, improvement of safety awareness and culture of the industry is anticipated.
8. MISS is currently staffed with 1 Senior Shipping Safety Officer (as Section Head), 4 Shipping Safety Officers, 1 Ship Inspector, 7 Assistant Ship Inspectors and 2 clerical staffs.