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ISM Compliance Assessment Tool

USCG issued in August 2005, the NVIC 04-05, containing guidance to ensure foreign vessel compliance with the requirements of ISM Code as well as a complete assessment tool to assist PSCOs when elevating a PSC Exam to an expanded examination of the Safety Management System

USCG Domestic PSC Report: Key findings during 2018

In April 2018, the Department of Homeland Security of USCG released its annual report concerning the PSC performance of U.S. flagged vessels. The report includes deficiency and detention rates for each type of inspected vessel, as well as performance metrics for Recognized Organizations that perform work on the Coast Guard’s behalf.

Paris MoU satisfied with MARPOL Annex VI compliance

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 reports 62 detentions on 2018 PSC report

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.

PSC Focus Infographic: How vessel type determines PSC performance

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?

Subcharter M towing vessels should implement health and safety plan

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. 

Korean Register appoints Gabon to proceed to vessel inspections

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.

USCG: Flag administration safety and security performance 2018

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%. 

USCG: QUALSHIP 21 status during 2018

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: Ship detentions decrease in 2018

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.


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