Port state control inspection in the Shipping world – a safety and social Responsibility
Anantharaman, MP, Port state control inspection in the Shipping world - a safety and social Responsibility, Proceedings of the Pacific 2013 International Maritime Conference, 7-9 October 2013, Darling Harbour, Australia, pp. 1-10. (2013) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]
Merchant shipping has undergone a great transformation in the past four decades. The ship
manager or the ship owner has to tackle great challenges ahead of them, to successfully load,
move and discharge cargo from Port A to Port B. At every port, the vessels may undergo a Port
State Control inspection by competent maritime authorities of the host nation, to ensure that the
vessels comply with the International Maritime Organisation,IMO Assembly Resolution
1052(27), ‘Procedures for Port State Control’. Deficiencies discovered at such Port State Control
inspections, hereafter referred to as "PSC" inspections, may result in detentions of vessels in
ports leading to a serious downtime for vessels and huge costs to ship owners and managers. In
some cases this has also led to loss of charter. This paper aims to look at developing a "Global
Checklist for PSC", which would suffice for any Port State Control regime worldwide. To design
such a checklist, we need to look at data provided by various port state control authorities around
the globe, and reasons for detention of vessels around the globe. As players of the maritime
industry we need to address this issue of PSC inspection, as a part of our social responsibility.
This will add immense value to the maritime safety in the modern commercial shipping world.