Monday, 7 January 2013


Port state control (PSC) is the inspection of foreign ships in other national ports by port state control officers (inspectors) for the purpose of verifying that the competency of the master and officers on board, and the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international conventions (e.g. SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW, etc.) and that the vessel is manned and operated in compliance with applicable international law.

It’s simply a system of police whereby Port State control officers boards any vessel arriving at a port within their jurisdiction to confirm that the vessel conforms with requirements of international conventions, safety standards, certifications and competency for the master and the crews
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