The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) conducted its 52nd Committee meeting in St. Petersburg, Russian, from 13-17 May 2019. The Committee reviewed the work of the Paris MoU of the last year, also taking into account the declaration of the 3rd Joint Ministerial Conference, and took decisions for the upcoming period.
Vina Del Mar published its annual PSC report for 2018. Namely, a total of 5,365 deficiencies were found, of which 3,551 were rectified. This marks a level of compliance of 66.19%. In addition, the main problems considered auxiliary engines with 5.21% and freeboard marks with 4.09%. Argentina found the most deficiencies in its Port State Controls.
Normally, a vessel entering a port is possible to be subject to a PSC inspection. The vessel is assessed through the PSC regime assessment procedure in order to be categorized as high/standard/low risk vessel or Priority I,II, Non Priority for USCG. One of the elements that is taken into consideration is the type of vessel. So why the type of vessel plays key role to determine the performance category of a vessel?
According to the USCG, the Towing Vessel National Centre of Expertise launched a bulletin to remind towing vessel owners and operators of a 46 CFR Subchapter M implementation milestone that is quickly approaching. There is no requirement to issue to the USCG or TPO the HSP for approval; Yet, the plan is to be reviewed during inspections and audits.
The Korea Shipowner’s Association (KR) announced that the International Shipping Registry of Gabon has been advised to conduct inspections of vessels and issue certificates according to international agreements. In the future, Korean Register of Shipping will provide more rapid and satisfactory service to customers through more foreign agency inspection inspection orders and contribute to safety at sea.
In its annual PSC report for 2018, USCG informed the flag administration safety performance for 2018 decreased slightly with the overall annual detention rate increasing from 0.98% to 1.16%, while security performance for 2018 decreased slightly resulting in the annual Control Action Ratio (CAR) increasing from 0.06% to 0.09%.
In its annual PSC report for 2018, the US Coast Guard (USCG) provided an update on its QUALSHIP 21 program. The report informs that the program ended calendar year 2018 with an enrollment of 2,213 vessels, compared to 2,013 last year.
Indian Ocean MoU issued its annual PSC report for 2018, informing that a total of 252 ships were detained in the region, bringing the overall detention percentage for the year at 4.42 %. This number represents a decrease compared to the 4.95 % recorded in 2017.
In its recently-published annual PSC report for 2018, the US Coast Guard said it identified a total of 119 BWM deficiencies, while it imposed operational control restrictions on 17 vessels due to the severity of BWM deficiencies/noncompliance.
Following release of its Domestic Vessel Annual Report, the US Coast Guard now issued its annual PSC report for 2018, informing of a slight increase in the number of detentions, with a detention rate of 1.16%, compared to last year’s 0.99%.
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