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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Isle of Man Ship Registry issued its annual report for 2017, presenting data provided by the Registry’s survey and inspection activity throughout the year. The report revealed that the number of non-conformance notices decreased, but the number of ship deficiencies remained at the same levels. Most deficiencies concerned fire safety and MLC-related issues.
On 01 January 2001 the USCG implemented the QUALSHIP 21 initiative to identify high-quality ships and provide incentives to encourage quality operations. Furthermore, the E-Zero was launched on 01 July 2017 for ships enrolled in the QUALSHIP 21 program that meet strict additional environmental requirements.
The Liberia Maritime Authority said that it has recently experienced an increase in PSC inspections, while, on the contrary, they have reported a decrease in PSC detentions, due to their requirement to receive Advance Notice of Arrival for vessels calling on ports in Australia, China, Europe and the USA, which helps to ensure compliance and report problems.
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