From a total of 27,899 inspections, the 5,898 were conducted remotely (almost 21%). The figures show that the detention average during remote inspections was higher that the physical inspections. It is to be noticed that a number of 61 remote inspections ended with ships detention!
It is interesting to note that the Deficiency category MLC (including working & living conditions) which was the No1 deficiency category for Tokyo MoU overall deficiencies is not included in top 5 of remote inspections findings. In fact only 4% of findings during remote inspections were related to codes 09### and 18###. It is easy to consider that the absence of physical presence of inspector prevents him to identify such items. For those who have conducted inspections on board (related to crew), it is understood that findings related to working and living conditions are identified through communication with crew members, with visual inspection of accommodation and working areas something which can not be possible during remote inspections.
Some deficiencies may not be identified (as the inspector is not physically onboard), however other items are easier to be spotted through the inspections as PSCO has time and space to focus on specific areas requested from the ship.
Tokyo MoU Remote Inspections : Lessons Learned - SAFETY4SEA