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PSC Focus: Tokyo MoU Performance

Tokyo MoU with almost 40,000 inspection per year forms the biggest regime of PSC worldwide. Large countries such as China, Australia and Japan are members of Tokyo MoU and contribute to safety inspections.

PSC Focus: Paris MoU detentions during 2017

During 2017, Paris MoU conducted 17,920 PSC inspections which led to 685 detentions (detention rate 3.82%). 40,414 deficiencies were reported from which 3,680 led to a detention (9.11% of total).

PSC Focus: AMSA Performance

Australia region is the second most common trade destination in Tokyo MoU, following China, in which AMSA is responsible for conducting inspections. The detainable items are not only recorded in detailed inspections but also in typical/ initial inspections.

Old ships vs new ships: Age matters

In general, tankers have a better PSC performance than bulk carriers but what about their age? Although it is usually common to compare vessels as per their vessel type, when considering ship performance other parameters, such as age, may result to interesting findings as well.

Port State Control: A Flag State Perspective

Mr. Richard Dias, Regional Technical Manager for International Registries (Far East) Limited, which provides administrative and technical support to the Marshall Islands Registry, talked about port State control (PSC) from a flag State perspective, noting that there is a balance between the flag State’s role of providing service and enforcing regulations.

USCG: Over 21,000 deficiencies found on US active vessels in 2017

USCG issued its Domestic Vessel Annual Report, collating data from the USCG’s Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement database regarding vessel population, inspections conducted, and deficiencies issued for the 2017 calendar year. Of the 18,424 inspections conducted in 2017, 21,629 deficiencies were identified on the 12,189 active vessels in the US fleet of responsibility.

PSC data restrictions pose risk to maritime safety

The Paris MoU has decided to restrict access to its PSC data, from 1 January 2019, which means that the data will no longer be available to download – a basic requirement to enable various types of risk modelling. Additionally, other MoUs may follow. In this regard, Maritime risks insights firm Winward argued that this poses a serious threat to maritime safety and security. 

PSC performance in key ports

Review of PSC performance is a useful benchmarking tool for ship operators as it provides the background and the history of each port and reveals key areas of attention in order vessels to be prepared for successful inspections. Data from ten key ports, from Asia and Europe, are presented to demonstrate the PSC performance of world’s busiest ports. In 2017, PSC authorities conducted a total of 7,326 inspections which resulted to 202 detentions.


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