I don’t know how many dry chems fire extinguisher we have over 12 decks but it’s a lot. They are inspected annually by shore-side. They always miss few, usually because some deck panels are raised or just missed.
That means arrangements have to be made for the last few to get done. All the equipment needed to this was on-board, scales, stickers (left by the contractors) boxes of dry chem. So one time rescheduling to get a few missed units was turning into a pain so I told the c/m to pay out some OT to the 3/M and get it done.
The third mate did a good job but but unfortunately on a couple of extinguishers he split a little dry chem. When the CG came aboard for an unrelated item they spotted it and raised a fuss.
More than a fuss really, they asked to be shown the section in the SMS manual regarding fire extinguishers and it said to be done by contractors, but CG OK fine just show us the instructions you are using. This is to unscrew the cap and add chem and screw the cap back on. Not rocket science. Of course no instructions to be found.
So the CG said there were going to hold the ship in port until instructions were on board or have contractors come down on short notice and check the half dozen done by the crew. Big panic ensued, but managed to have a set of instructions faxed just before scheduled sailing.
This action by the CG is mostly about teaching the ship a lesson more than safety but it worked, lesson learned.
That’s why I posted that is was due to PSC ect. That’s my experience. Even with contractors with the boats PSC goes over the paperwork with a fine tooth comb. Not with the other equipment.
EDIT: I got part of this story wrong, the first is right, having the 3/m do the job, I was there for that. The second part about the CG, that was experienced by my relief and told to me when I later relieved him. It was not the CG that spotted the dry chem and held the ship, it was PSC, I think Japan.