PSC Regimes Mull Sharing Ship Data
A meeting of Port State Control (PSC) secretaries and database managers at IMO headquarters in London has mooted doing away with a grading system for ship flag states and making more use of ship data.
Among the recommendations made by the meeting, PSC regimes will consider moving away from a “White, Grey and Black (WGB) list” for the flag states and towards individual ship risk profiling.
PSC regimes agreed to explore the development of statistical output and investigate the compatibility of their systems, potentially integrating some activities.
Agreements also included recommending to their regional governing bodies the use of interregional information exchanges in internal procedures, including their targeting systems.
They set an agreement for developing and maintaining a coordinated list of under-performing ships in information systems.
Also recommended were possibly developing a common platform for interregional exchange to allow PSC regimes to swap information, as well as developing joint working policies.
PSC regime recommendations are scheduled to be forwarded to the IMO and the regional governing bodies of PSC regimes for review.
Under the existing arrangement, the WGB lists are published each year in the Paris MoU Annual Report.
List grades reveal quality flags and flags with poor performance that are considered high or very high risk.
Lists are based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a 3-year rolling period.
PSC is an internationally agreed regime for the inspection of foreign ships in other national ports by PSC inspectors.
PSC officers at participating authorities verify compliance which verify ship crewing and equipment in compliance with rules such as SOLAS.
The Paris MoU was agreed upon on 1982 created PSC in European countries in reaction to some flag states’ failures to follow through on inspections, and later other global regions joined in.
Nine port state control regimes now encompass Europe and the North Atlantic (Paris MoU), Asia and the Pacific (Tokyo MoU), Latin America (Acuerdo de Viña del Mar), Caribbean (Caribbean MoU), West and Central Africa (Abuja MoU), Black Sea (Black Sea MoU), Mediterranean Sea (Mediterranean MoU), Indian Ocean (Indian Ocean MoU); and Persian Gulf (Riyadh MoU).
The United States Coast Guard also has a PSC regime.