Class NK’s new Annual Report on Port State Control (PSC) summarizes deficiencies identified during PSC inspections carried out in various countries around the world.
ccording to the report, in 2022, a total of 1,214 detainable deficiencies were reported in conjunction with 313 detentions in NK-Classed vessels. Bulk carriers were the ship category with the most detentions (209), followed by general cargo (39) and oil/chemical tankers (35). For almost all ship types, detentions showed increase compared to 2021 levels.
Fire was the most common detainable deficiency area as in USCG, Tokyo and Indian MoU PSC reports. Fire safety seems to be a major concern, even though fire onboard is one of the worst emergencies and can cause major loss.
International Safety Management (ISM) Code, is also a very common detainable deficiency area. The purpose of the ISM Code is to provide an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.
Finally, Life Saving Appliances (LSA) is the third most common detainable deficiency area, which showcases that the safety of people onboard is a major issue that is seriously overlooked.