The 2020 sulphur cap will enter into force on 1st January 2020, meaning that a comprehensive approach to compliance is expected by all Port State Control (PSC) regimes. PSC inspections will be conducted according to the IMO PSC procedures, the 2019 guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI.
Many operators monitor specific KPIs, but these are not necessarily make the difference; it is not only the detention ratio, but country, port, age, and ship type that matter. Analyzing more than 33,500 inspections and related data from RISK4SEA – the online intelligence platform providing PSC inspection analytics & benchmarking – the global KPIs for the first semester of 2019 show 1.88 deficiencies per inspection, in comparison to the last running quarter which was 1.76. The detention rate is 2.46%, and the clean inspection rate is 52%.
The Port State Control Committee, the governing body under Tokyo MoU, agreed to accept Panama as its 21st member Authority, during its 30th meeting that took place in Majuro, Marshall Islands, from 14 to 17 October 2019. Panama has completed a three-year term as a Co-operating Member Authority.
In 1838, the 25th Congress signed the Congressional Act of 1838 (5 Stat. L., 304) which constituted the Coast Guard’s Marine Inspection Program and came into effect in October 1st of that year. This was the first regulation authorized by the national government in order to provide with better security for the lives of passengers on the ships in whole or in part by steam.
MPA Singapore and Panama Maritime Authority inked a MoU to strengthen maritime relations on 19 September. The agreement is expected, among others, to facilitate vessels registered with either Panama or Singapore calling at each other’s ports with faster checks and clearances.
The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that during August there was one new detention of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port, while four foreign flagged ships remained under detention during August 2019 after failing port state control (PSC) inspection.
The Danish maritime Authority announced Denmark has maintained its status through the US Coast Guard’s QUALSHIP 21 program. The program recognizes and rewards vessels, as well as their owners and Flag Administrations, for their commitment to safety and quality.
China Maritime Safety Administration (MSA) and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to cooperate in the issuance, use and acceptance of Electronic Certificates to facilitate port clearance and Port State control inspections.
During an inspection by the Marine Safety Detachment Port Canaveral Port State Control Officers, there were MARPOL deficiencies identified, related to the 15-ppm Bilge Alarm system of the Oily Water Separators (OWS) onboard four separate ships.
Shortly after it revealed plans for a new digital Danish Register of Shipping, the Danish Maritime Authority informed it reached an important milestone for digital certificates in Ningbo, China. The Danish-flagged container ship ‘Mumbai Maersk’ passed PSC without remarks, only using digital certificates.
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