port state control
Port State Control (PSC)
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
Why so much focus on PSC?
Detained ships are made public on web site and in the press
The goal is to eliminate sub-standard vessels operating in the region through a harmonized system for Port State Control
to ensure compliance
What happend if I the ship is detaining
The detaining of a ship is a serious matter
Potential criminal procecutions for violations
Damage to the reputation
Loss of future contracts
Port State Control may visit any ship independent of flag in their port
PSC Inspectors are representing the government of the country which the ship is visiting
The purpose is to ensure that the vessel comply with international accepted standards, and are manned and operated in compliance with applicable international regulations
In addition to the international regulations, port states may inspect ships for compliance in accordance with special national requirements
All vessels will have a risk profile based on various factors such as type of ship, age, flag and history of ship and owner (detentions, outstanding deficiencies, complaints from crew, pilots, etc)
3 risk categories:
Low Risk Ship (LRS)
Standard Risk Ship (SRS)
High Risk Ship (HRS)
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