Port State Control (PSC) is the internationally agreed regime for the inspection of foreign ships in other national ports by official PSC inspectors. Inspectors are focusing, among others, to safety of navigation as one of the main aspects of safety on board. As ECDIS became a vital part of bridge culture, PSCOs have become more experienced on related issues.
In its Port State Control Annual Report for 2017, the USCG revealed that detention regarding Flag Administrations from 2015 to 2017 have decreased slightly, as they have gown to 1.40%, from 1.59%. This indicates a better performance from Flag Administrations. Flags with only one detention in the past three years are removed from the targeted flag list.
In its PSC annual report for 2017, the USCG presented its MTSA Security Compliance Targeting Matrix. Introduced in 2002, the Maritime Transportation Security Act is the US implementation of the IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and aims to address port and waterway security.
In its Port State Control Annual Report for 2017, USCG reports how good was the Flag Administration Security Compliance Performance. The targeting Control Action Ratio was fixed at 1.50%. The USCG targets Flag Administrations for additional ISPS examinations if their Control Action Ratio is higher than the overall average for all flags. The countries that during 2017 had the highest Control Action Ratio are Tanzania (1.72%); Turkey (1.37); Philippines (0.82%); Saint Vincent and The Grenadines (0.71%); Bermuda (0.40%).
In its PSC Annual Report for 2017, the USCG provided an update on the QUALSHIP 21, the Coast Guard’s initiative which attempts to recognize and reward vessels, as well as their owners and Flag Administrations, for their commitment to safety and quality. The program ended calendar year 2017 with an enrollment of 2,013 vessels.
In its latest PSC Annual Report for 2017, the US Coast Guard presented its Safety and Environmental Protection Compliance Targeting Matrix, which is used to decide which ships PSC Officers should board on any given day, in any given port. Points are assessed in each of the five columns and then summed for a total point score.
In its Port State Control Annual Report for 2017, USCG reported a total of 9 Recognized Organization related detentions. This amount of detentions almost corresponds to the amount of detentions during 2016, which were 8, as well as to the detentions of 2015 which were 10.
The Bahamas maritime Authority issued a guidance on the management of Port State Control inspections, to ensure that companies operating Bahamian ships comply with international Convention requirements and national regulations of the PSC process, and to maintain the position of Bahamian flag in the white performance list.
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.
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