Procedures for Port State Control 2011, 2012 Edition (IB650E)

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June 2012

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Procedures for Port State Control 2011, 2012 Edition (IB650E)

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Port state control (PSC) involves the inspection of foreign ships in national port areas to verify that the condition and operation of a ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international regulations. While IMO has always acknowledged that enforcement of global maritime standards is the responsibility of flag states, the organization nevertheless recognizes that exercising the right to carry out PSC makes an important contribution to ensuring those standards are implemented consistently on ships of different nationalities.

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The sub-committee on flag state implementation has developed and maintained a framework to promote the global harmonization and co-ordination of PSC activities resulting in the adoption of resolution A.1052(27) by the Assembly of November 2011. This resolution contains the Procedures for port state control, 2011, and revokes resolutions A.787(19) and A.882(21).



Resolution A.1052(27)

Procedures for port State control, 2011


Chapter 1 – General

1.1 Purpose

1.2 Application

1.3 Introduction

1.4 Provision for port State control

1.5 Ships of non-Parties

1.6 Ships below convention size

1.7 Definitions

1.8 Professional profile of PSCOs

1.9 Qualification and training requirements of PSCOs


Chapter 2 – Port State inspections

2.1 General

2.2 Initial inspections

2.3 General procedural guidelines for PSCOs

2.4 Clear grounds

2.5 More detailed inspections


Chapter 3 – Contravention and detention

3.1 Identification of a substandard ship

3.2 Submission of information concerning deficiencies

3.3 Port State action in response to alleged substandard ships

3.4 Responsibilities of port State to take remedial action

3.5 Guidance for the detention of ships

3.6 Suspension of inspection

3.7 Procedures for rectification of deficiencies and release


Chapter 4 – Reporting requirements

4.1 Port State reporting

4.2 Flag State reporting

4.3 Reporting of allegations under MARPOL


Chapter 5 – Review procedures

5.1 Report of comments



Appendix 1 Code of good practice for port State control officers conducting inspections within the

framework of the regional memoranda of understanding and agreement on port State control (MSC-MEPC.4/Circ.2)

Appendix 2 Guidelines for the detention of ships

Appendix 3 Guidelines for investigations and inspections carried out under Annex I of MARPOL

Appendix 4 Guidelines for investigations and inspections carried out under Annex II of MARPOL

Appendix 5 Guidelines for discharge requirements under Annexes I and II of MARPOL

Appendix 6 Guidelines for more detailed inspections of ship structural and equipment requirements

Appendix 7 Guidelines for control of operational requirements

Appendix 8 Guidelines for port State control related to the ISM Code

Appendix 9 Guidelines for port State control related to LRIT

Appendix 10 Guidelines for port State control under the 1969 Tonnage Convention

Appendix 11 Minimum manning standards and certification

Appendix 12 List of certificates and documents

Appendix 13 Report of inspection in accordance with IMO port State control procedures

Appendix 14 Report of deficiencies not fully rectified or only provisionally repaired

Appendix 15 Report of action taken to the notifying Authority

Appendix 16 Format for the report of contravention of MARPOL (article 6)

Appendix 17 Comments by flag State on detention report

Appendix 18 List of instruments relevant to port State control procedures

Appendix 19 Port State control regimes: comparative table (extracts from document FSI 20/6/2)

This document is intended to provide basic guidance on the conduct of port State control inspections and afford consistency in the conduct of these inspections, the recognition of deficiencies of a ship, its equipment, or its crew, and the application of control procedures.

A​​s a specialized agency of the United Nations, IMO is the global standard-setting authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping. Its main role is to create a regulatory framework for the shipping industry that is fair and effective, universally adopted and universally implemented.  

In other words, its role is to create a level playing-field so that ship operators cannot address their financial issues by simply cutting corners and compromising on safety, security and environmental performance. This approach also encourages innovation and efficiency.

Shipping is a truly international industry, and it can only operate effectively if the regulations and standards are themselves agreed, adopted and implemented on an international basis. And IMO is the forum at which this process takes place.

Title: Procedures for Port State Control 2011, 2012 Edition (IB650E)
Number of Pages: 154
Product Code: MM1019K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280115505, ISBN 10: 9280115502
Published Date: June 2012
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 210 mm
Book Width: 150 mm
Book Spine: 5 mm
Weight: 0.25 kg
Author: IMO

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