INTERTANKO Guide to Port State Control 2017

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October 2017


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INTERTANKO Guide to Port State Control 2017

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This new publication focussed specifically on Port State Control, aims to improve the performance of all ship types, not just tankers, by bringing into one document the information on different PSC regimes, their processes as well as guidance produced by INTERTANKO’s Vetting Committee.

This publication and the guidance it provides will give ships’ crews and shore-based personnel a better understanding of PSC systems and will help them prepare for inspections and reduce the number of deficiencies that could lead to detention.

 


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Port State Control (PSC) is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment complies with the requirements of international regulations, and that the ship is manned and operated in compliance with these rules. Many of the IMO’s most important technical conventions contain provisions for ships to be inspected when they visit foreign ports to ensure that they meet IMO requirements. The responsibility for ships’ standards rests with owners, Class Societies and the Flag State – but Port State Control (PSC) provides a “safety net” to identify substandard ships which experience has shown to be extremely effective.

 

The first PSC agreement to identify and exclude substandard ships was drafted after the Amoco Cadiz incident in March 1978 and resulted in the Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which came into effect in Europe in 1982. There are now nine regional agreements on Port State Control in effect, which cover Europe and the north Atlantic (Paris MoU); Asia and the Pacific (Tokyo MoU); Latin America (Acuerdo de Viña del Mar); the Caribbean (Caribbean MoU); West and Central Africa (Abuja MoU); the Black Sea region (Black Sea MoU); the Mediterranean (Mediterranean MoU); the Indian Ocean (Indian Ocean MoU); and the Persian Gulf (Riyadh MoU). The United States Coast Guard maintain the tenth PSC regime.

The shipping industry has made considerable progress and continues to do so, but incidents show that there are still ships that slip through the net. It is these ships that PSC targets through sharing of data and improved training of inspectors to strengthen their abilities and better direct their efforts.

INTERTANKO’s Membership has long recognised the value of well-operated and maintained tankers and has developed criteria to ensure its own quality standards. Alongside the Membership criteria, the Association and its Vetting Committee have supported owners through the production of a Guide to the Vetting Process which includes advice on both the PSC and commercial vetting processes for tankers.

Foreword

Introduction, Scope and Background

Selection of ships for Port State Control

Targeting Factors

Overriding factors

Port State Control inspections

Types of Inspections

Initial inspection

Clear Grounds

More Detailed Inspections

Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC)

The Port State Control Inspections Process

Port State Inspection Reports

Suspension of an inspection

Professional qualifications and conduct of PSCOs

Deficiencies and Detentions

Deficiencies

Detentions

Detention appeals

General Guide to Masters

Preparation for a PSC inspection

The PSC Inspection Process

Concluding an inspection

A Guide for Masters – US Coast Guard Visits

Certificate of Compliance Inspections

QUALSHIP 21 and E-Zero Designation

Guidance for Companies

General

Facilitation payments

Port State Control and Regional MoUs

Detention Appeal and Review Procedures

Appendices

Related Information to Port State Control

List of Certificates and documents

Guidelines for Port State Control related to the ISM Code

PSC Codes for Deficiencies / Detention

Port State Control and Regional MoUs

Report of Inspection in accordance with IMO Port State Control

Procedures (Form A)

Report of Inspection in accordance with IMO Port State Control

Procedures (Form B)

Port State Control (PSC) is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international regulations and that the ship is manned and operated in compliance with these rules.

 

These inspections were originally intended to be a back up to Flag State implementation, however, experience has shown that they can be extremely effective. Port State Control provides a “safety net” to catch substandard ships.

 

This chapter provides a general insight into the Port State Control inspection process; when, how and why it was institutionalised by countries and the general principles driving this process.

INTERTANKO is a forum where the industry meets, policies are discussed and best practice developed. It is a valuable source of first-hand information, opinions and guidance. INTERTANKO stands for safe transport, cleaner seas and free competition.

Title: INTERTANKO Guide to Port State Control 2017
Number of Volumes: 1
Number of Pages: 129
Product Code: WS1560K
Published Date: October 2017
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 220 mm
Book Spine: 30 mm
Weight: 0.50 kg
Author: Intertanko

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