Port State Control (PSC) is the inspection of foreign vessels in domestic ports to verify that the condition of the vessel and its equipment complies with international regulations and that the vessel is housed and operated in accordance with these rules. This will ensure control of as many vessels as possible, while preventing vessels from being delayed by unnecessary inspections. The primary responsibility for ship standards rests with the flag state, but port state control provides a “safety net” for capturing substandard vessels. Nine regional agreements on port state control – Memorandums of understanding or Memorandums of Understanding – have been signed: Europe and the North Atlantic (MoU in Paris); Asia and the Pacific (Tokyo MoU); Latin America (Acuerdo de Via del Mar); Caribbean; West and Central Africa (Abuja MoU); Black Sea region (Black Sea); Mediterranean (Mediterranean) Indian Ocean (Indian Ocean); Riyadh MoU. The U.S. Coast Guard maintains the tenth PSC regime. In 1978, several European countries agreed in The Hague on a memorandum to verify whether working conditions on board ships complied with ILO rules. After the fall of the Amoco Cadiz this year, it was decided to also examine safety and pollution practices. To this end, fourteen European countries agreed in 1982 on the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (MoU) creating port state control. Today, 26 European countries and Canada are signatories to the Paris MoU.
The CSP was a response to the failure of flag states – particularly flag states of convenience – that had delegated their responsibility for surveying and certifying to classification societies. The complete directory of international organizations (YBIO) contains more than 72,500 organizational profiles, additional profile information, sophisticated search functions and data exports. For more information about YBIO, please click here or contact us. URL: www.acuerdolatino.int.ar/URL: www.imo.org/ Acuerdo Latinoamericano sober control de buques por el estado rector del puerto (Via del Mar acuerdo)Acérdo Latino-americano sobre controle de navios pelo estado reitor In order to facilitate the coordination of PSC activities, the IMO has encouraged the creation of organizations and regional agreements. Several MoUs are currently operational between the regions, including: IMO has organized six workshops for PSC MoU/Agreement secretaries and Database Managers. The workshops were funded by the IMO Technical Cooperation Fund and were designed to support regional port state control systems by creating a platform for cooperation and providing a forum for meeting and exchanging ideas and experiences. They were also intended to promote harmonization and coordination of COPS activities and to make practical recommendations that can be forwarded to the IMO for further review by the Organization`s relevant committees and subcommittees.