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USCG: QUALSHIP 21 status during 2017

In its PSC Annual Report for 2017, the USCG provided an update on the QUALSHIP 21, the Coast Guard’s initiative which attempts to recognize and reward vessels, as well as their owners and Flag Administrations, for their commitment to safety and quality. The program ended calendar year 2017 with an enrollment of 2,013 vessels.

USCG: PSC targeting criteria

In its latest PSC Annual Report for 2017, the US Coast Guard presented its Safety and Environmental Protection Compliance Targeting Matrix, which is used to decide which ships PSC Officers should board on any given day, in any given port. Points are assessed in each of the five columns and then summed for a total point score.

USCG: RO PSC compliance performance

In its Port State Control Annual Report for 2017, USCG reported a total of 9 Recognized Organization related detentions. This amount of detentions almost corresponds to the amount of detentions during 2016, which were 8, as well as to the detentions of 2015 which were 10.

Guidance on PSC inspections for Bahamian-flagged ships

The Bahamas maritime Authority issued a guidance on the management of Port State Control inspections, to ensure that companies operating Bahamian ships comply with international Convention requirements and national regulations of the PSC process, and to maintain the position of Bahamian flag in the white performance list.

Paris MoU to ensure 2020 sulphur cap compliance

The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control held its 51st Committee meeting in Cascais, Portugal, from the 7-11 May 2018. The Paris MoU agreed to an information campaign by issuing a “Letter of Warning” starting 1 January 2019, to encourage timely compliance.

Tokyo MoU sees decrease in ship detentions for 2017

Throughout 2017, there were 31,315 inspections in the Tokyo MoU region, involving 17,369 individual ships registered under 99 flags, according to Tokyo MoU 2017 annual report. Out of these, there were 18,113 inspections where ships were found with deficiencies. The detention percentage has decreased continuously.

USCG: BWM compliance in the US in 2017

In its PSC Annual Report for 2017, USCG revealed an annual detention rate of 0.99%, the lowest ever in the US, unveiling however an increase in detentions related to fire fighting and MARPOL Annex I deficiencies. The report also informed that deficiencies related to BWM compliance significantly increased in this period.

USCG: PSC detentions decrease in 2017

The USCG released the US Port State Control Annual Report for 2017, revealing an annual detention rate of 0.99%, the lowest ever in the US. However, the report showed a rise in detentions related to fire fighting, for the fourth straight year. Similarly, MARPOL Annex I deficiencies, which had been on the decline over the past several years, rose slightly in 2017. 

New application to help with PSC inspections

Bureau Veritas launched a digital application to help crewmembers prepare for port state control inspections, called “PSC Ready”. Specifically,  PSC Ready assists ship operators be ready for port state control inspections. ‘PSC Ready’ is a cloud-based application, downloadable for both IOS and Android.

PSC results optimistic for Australian ports in 2017

AMSA issued its PSC report results for 2017, indicating a significant fall in the detention rate in Australian ports to 5.3%. This result is the lowest since 2006 – with a detention rate of 4.5%. This result is also reflected in the average number of deficiencies per inspection remaining at a low of 2.3%. This outcome was last recorded in 2004.

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