CONTINUED DECLINE IN SHIPS DETAINED BY PORT STATE CONTROL

According to the USCG Port State Control (PSC) Annual Report for 2001, there was a continued decline in the ships detained by numbers. The USCG inspected 10,711 ships of which 173 (1.6%) were detained.

The corresponding percentage for 2000 was also 1.6% but here 11,767 ships were inspected and 193 detained. In 1999 the detention to inspection ratio was as high as 9.2%. We have not yet received the breakdown for tankers for 2001, but it has generally been lower than the totals. In 2000 the detention to inspection ratio for tankers was 1.1% and in 1999 0.8%. INTERTANKO’s own estimate indicates that 27 tankers were detained by the USCG in 2001 down from 32 in 2000.

Also according to the USCG, overall Flag State performance has continued to improve as have class-related detentions. The overall classification society three-year rolling detention ratio declined from 32 class related detentions in 2000 to 19 in 2001.

Firefighting and lifesaving appliances, and the associated drills, accounted for one third of the overall deficiencies identified on detained ships. Safety in general remains a major contributor at 12%. The USCG note that ISM related deficiencies appear to be increasing. In the four years since 1998, over 100 vessels have been detained for failing to adequately implement the ISM Code.

The USCG has made a significant move towards the targeting of charterers and is currently collecting information on charterers associated with detained ships. This information will be posted on the USCG Port State Control web site at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/pscweb/index.htm

The number of ships detained by Port State Control in Europe in the Paris MoU area also declined in 2001 compared to 2000. The total detention to inspection ratio was 9.1% in 2001 down from 9.5% in 2000. Here too tankers had a better performance than the overall performance: the detention to inspection ratio was 6.8% in 2001 down from 7.8% in 2000.

For further details contact Jan Svenne on e-mail jan.svenne@intertanko.com
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