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Describe the procedure to be followed for timely release of a vessel detained for serious structural deficiencies under PSC?

Procedures for Rectification of Deficiencies and Release:
  1. It is the responsibility of the owner / Manager to inform the flag state and class about deficiency and detention.
  2. Port state will normally notify the flag state of any detention.
  3. Flag state or a classification society acting on its behalf may attend the ship to help resolve the problem, in this case, PSCO might agree to the remedial action proposed by the surveyor and allow him to oversee the repairs.
  4. The master and/or the shipowner would need to authorize the repair work to be carried out in the presence of the surveyor.
  5. There will be associated costs to cover port state inspection cost will of course also be charged to the ship detention orders are lifted once all payment has been received in full.
  6. When deficiencies which caused a detention cannot be remedied in the port of inspection, the ship concerned may be authorized to proceed to the nearest appropriate repair yard available, as chosen by the master and the Port State Authority, provided that the conditions determined by the competent authority of the flag State and agreed by the Authority of the Port State are complied with. Such conditions will ensure that the ship can proceed without risk to the safety and health of the passengers or crew, or risk to other ships, or without being an unreasonable threat of harm to the marine environment. The flag State or the recognised organisation acting on its behalf should issue single voyage certificates or preferably endorse existing certificates (to proceed to a repair yard, normally in ballast). The terms of release should be acceptable for the port State.
  7. On the condition that all possible efforts have been made to rectify the deficiency, the ship may be allowed to proceed to port where any such deficiency can be rectified.


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