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Port State

Control

19 June 2011

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As soon as you enter any country’s waters, you’re under an obligation to abide by all their laws. Detailed onboard examinations are used to check compliance. Port State Control (PSC) is the system of inspection by officials to check vessels’ condition and operation. Safety, security, environmental protection and seafarer welfare are the areas of interest. Port States can require defects to be put right, and detain vessels if necessary. This is all separate, and in addition to, any consideration of the tax status of the owner, beneficial owner and yacht.

minutes

3

Reading time

19 June 2011

Last revised

As soon as you enter any country’s waters, you’re under an obligation to abide by all their laws. Detailed onboard examinations are used to check compliance. Port State Control (PSC) is the system of inspection by officials to check vessels’ condition and operation. Safety, security, environmental protection and seafarer welfare are the areas of interest. Port States can require defects to be put right, and detain vessels if necessary. This is all separate, and in addition to, any consideration of the tax status of the owner, beneficial owner and yacht.

  • The Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU) includes European Union coastal countries, Canada, Croatia, Norway, and Russia, among others.

  • The Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure & Environment provides the secretariat for the Paris MoU.

  • The Paris MoU introduced the New Inspection Regime (NIR) which aims to inspect 100% of all ships, including yachts, visiting ports in the Paris MoU region over a three-year period.

  • Yachts are now included in the NIR and are subject to assessments regarding safety, health, and the environment.

  • Vessels are categorized into High Risk Ships, Standard Risk Ships, and Low Risk Ships, determining the frequency of inspections.

  • The risk categorization is based on factors such as previous inspections, vessel type and age, the yacht's manager's performance, and the country of registry.

  • Inspections are not meant to disrupt cruising schedules but are necessary for compliance.

  • Inspections focus on training, management systems, and the physical integrity of the yacht to ensure safety for the owner, guests, and crew.

  • Preparation is key to a hassle-free inspection, including compliance with relevant rules, crew training, and detailed guidelines.

  • Safety and security procedures must be followed, and honesty is crucial during inspections, as falsifying records or lying to officials is a serious offence.

  • The risk categorization is based on factors such as previous inspections, vessel type and age, the yacht's manager's performance, and the country of registry.

  • Inspections are not meant to disrupt cruising schedules but are necessary for compliance.

  • Inspections focus on training, management systems, and the physical integrity of the yacht to ensure safety for the owner, guests, and crew.

  • Preparation is key to a hassle-free inspection, including compliance with relevant rules, crew training, and detailed guidelines.

  • Safety and security procedures must be followed, and honesty is crucial during inspections, as falsifying records or lying to officials is a serious offence.