Procedures for Port State Control 2017, 2018 Edition (eBook) (KC650E)

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Resolution A.1119(30)

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 Definitions

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 officers on 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 Guidelines for port State control officers on certification

of seafarers, manning and hours of rest

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 rectified

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 III 5/5/1)

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 2017, 2018 Edition (eBook) (KC650E)
Product Code: MM1462EA
ISBN: ISBN 13: 9789280116984, ISBN 10: 9280116983
Published Date: October 2018

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