Surveys and Inspections highlights

  • A total of 253 vessel and company inspection visits were made by IOM surveyors during 2017, with 131 non-conformance notices (NCNs) issued.
  • 98% of NCNs were closed within their agreed time limits.
  • Shipboard Operations, Maintenance of Ship and Equipment and incorrect or missing Documentation continued to be among the most common reasons for non-conformities.

  • Whilst the number of NCNs issued continue to fall, the number of deficiencies reported remain fairly static.
  • The main reasons for deficiencies were related to fire safety issues accounting for 19% of the overall figures.


  • Although showing an improvement compared to 2016, within the MLC reported deficiencies, crew accommodation, food and catering and seafarers health protection are by far the major issues.
  • When a deficiency is raised by a surveyor the owner/operator will be given three options to rectify the issue;
  1. To be rectified prior to departure and Ship Registry advised
  2. To be rectified within specified period and Ship Registry advised
  3. To be rectified and Ship Registry advised before full term certificates can be issued

In all cases, it is the ship owner’s/operator’s responsibility to notify the Ship Registry as soon as the deficiency has been repaired or if an extension is required to the specified period.

PSC highlights

  • There were a total of 10 detentions during 2017 of which:
  • 5 in the Tokyo MoU Region,
  • 3 in the Paris MoU Region and
  • 2 in the USCG Region and the Black Sea MoU Region.

The most common related deficiencies by code numbers raised by PCS inspectors during 2017 are illustrated here:

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