Initially, Port State Control (PSC) inspection usually consists of a visit on board to verify that necessary certificates and documents are valid. The initial visit also gives the inspector an opportunity to judge the general appearance and condition of the vessel. Detailed inspections are warranted when the vessel does not pass the above criteria to determine whether the ship is substandard or not fit for service.
Turn to ABS to learn about the kind of issues Port State Control inspectors focus on during inspections in different ports, or prepare with our interactive port state control reference checklist.
For additional contact information pertaining to specific Port State Control regimes, please visit the following websites:
Owners and representatives are to notify ABS when a vessel is being detained by a Port State Authority or flag administration. If the owner does not notify ABS of a detention, then ABS reserves the right to suspend or cancel classification of the vessel or invalidate the applicable statutory certificates. ABS can assist the owner and/or master with clearing the vessel from a Port State detention.
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