Tokyo MOU presented its Annual Report on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region 2020. 19,415 inspections took place, with 493 ships being detained.
In 2020, 19,415 inspections, involving 13,047 individual ships, were carried out on ships registered under 94 flags. Out of 19,415 inspections, there were 9,763 inspections where ships were found with deficiencies. Since the total number of individual ships operating in the region was estimated at 25,858, the inspection rate in the region was approximately 50% in 2020.
In 2020, 493 ships registered under 49 flags were detained due to serious deficiencies having been found onboard. The detention rate of ships inspected was 2.54%.
The number of flags in the black list is 7, three flags less than the last year. The number of flags on the grey list is 18, one flag less than the previous year. The white list remains 40 flags.
Overall, a total of 59 vessels, involving 13 individual ships, were identified as under-performing ships in 2020.
A total of 34,924 deficiencies were recorded in 2020. It has been noted that fire safety measures, life-saving appliances and safety of navigation continue to be the top three categories of deficiencies discovered on ships. In 2020, 5,902 deficiencies related to fire safety measures, 4,177 deficiencies related to life-saving appliances and 3,681 safety of navigation related deficiencies were recorded, representing nearly 40% of the total number of all recorded deficiencies.
Although number of deficiencies decreased more than 50% comparing with last year, proportion of deficiencies related to Working & Living Conditions or Labour Conditions increased from 10% in 2019 to 15% in 2020 as the consequence of issues on seafarers’ leave and repatriation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.