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USCG: Over 21,000 deficiencies found on US active vessels in 2017

USCG issued its Domestic Vessel Annual Report, collating data from the USCG’s Marine Information Safety and Law Enforcement database regarding vessel population, inspections conducted, and deficiencies issued for the 2017 calendar year. Of the 18,424 inspections conducted in 2017, 21,629 deficiencies were identified on the 12,189 active vessels in the US fleet of responsibility.

PSC data restrictions pose risk to maritime safety

The Paris MoU has decided to restrict access to its PSC data, from 1 January 2019, which means that the data will no longer be available to download – a basic requirement to enable various types of risk modelling. Additionally, other MoUs may follow. In this regard, Maritime risks insights firm Winward argued that this poses a serious threat to maritime safety and security. 

PSC performance in key ports

Review of PSC performance is a useful benchmarking tool for ship operators as it provides the background and the history of each port and reveals key areas of attention in order vessels to be prepared for successful inspections. Data from ten key ports, from Asia and Europe, are presented to demonstrate the PSC performance of world’s busiest ports. In 2017, PSC authorities conducted a total of 7,326 inspections which resulted to 202 detentions.

How environmental compliance challenges PSC

Environmental compliance has always been under review and close monitoring in shipping, thus the industry has introduced numerous of regulations aiming to reduce pollution globally and in specific areas (ECAs, US ports, EU ports, Arctic zones, MARPOL Special Areas etc.). But what happens when economic cost is an obstacle to organizations’ ecological decisions?

PSC Focus: Paris MOU performance during last decade

A PSC inspection resulting to useful case studies and/ or lessons learned for ship operators, aims to pave the way for improvement. The global PSC system includes many different regions (9 MoUs and USCG), facilitating PSCOs to shed their focus on different levels of PSC and sub-standard items all over the world.

Best practices on top deficiency areas

A PSC inspection resulting to useful case studies and/ or lessons learned for ship operators, aims to pave the way for improvement. The global PSC system includes many different regions (9 MoUs and USCG), facilitating PSCOs to shed their focus on different levels of PSC and sub-standard items all over the world.

Tips for successful PSC inspections

A PSC inspection is always a challenge for ship operators. The results of a PSC Inspection have an imminent impact on vessel’s and organization’s reputation and image.  Namely, the profile that an organization builds has two sections: the public profile which is known to public through media and the industry profile which is known to industry’s stakeholders.

PSC Focus: Hong Kong performance

The Port of Hong Kong is a deepwater seaport which mainly supports the trade of containers. It is one of the busiest ports in the world as its strategic location gives access to the Far East trade routes, being at the same time the gate of China to Western trade. In 2017, the global detention rate is estimated at 2.6% ; Tokyo’s  MoU rate is 3.00% while Hong Kong shows a detention rate up to 3.12%.

IMO to ensure high quality of ship inspections in Caribbean

Conducting a vessel inspection is very important task. In order to keep a high level of safety in the Caribbean, a Regional Caribbean Ship Inspector Training course took place from 29 October to 16 November, in Trinidad and Tobago. The objective of the course is to prepare ship surveyors to be able to work in a Caribbean maritime administration.

St. Vincent and The Grenadines: Actions to be taken ahead PSC inspections

The St. Vincent And The Grenadines Maritime Administration issued a circular to provide managing companies and ships’ officers guidance on how to keep their ships ready for PSC inspections and avoid an eventual detention. The analysis of the evolution of detentions of ships flying St Vincent and The Grenadines Flag inside the Paris MoU Region has shown an improving situation from 2005.

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