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Scope of Inspection by PSC officers?

Port state control aims, through a system of harmonized inspection procedures, to ensure compliance with international regulations and target sub-standard ships with the main objective being their eventual elimination. Inspections consist of at least a visit on board a ship in order to check the validity of the certificates and documents and also to satisfy that the crew and the overall condition of the ship, its equipment, machinery spaces and accommodation and hygienic condition on board, meet the provision of the relevant Conventions. Also, whenever there are clear grounds for believing that the condition of a ship or its equipment or crew or the ship’s safety management system does not substantially meet the requirements of relevant Conventions a more detailed inspection is carried out. Its exercise aims at correcting noncompliance or ineffective flag State enforcement of IMO regulations by ships

Courses of action a PSC officer may impose on a ship with deficiencies are:
1. Deficiencies can be rectified within 14 days for minor                      infractions.
2. Under specific conditions, deficiencies can be rectified when the      ship arrives at the next port.
3. Deficiencies must be rectified before the ship can depart the port.
4. Detention of the ship occurs.


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