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Friday, October 19, 2018


While the recently published USCG Annual PSC Report provides some very interesting information regarding the PSC activities in the region, it contains limited information related to tankers.  However the following highlights may be of interest:

** On January 1, 2002 USCG will launch the Phase II ISM Code education campaign, which will last until the 1 July 2002.

"During that time, vessels will be required to report the status of their ISM Code certification prior to arrival in a U.S. port, and Phase II vessels which are not ISM Code certified will be issued a pre-compliance letter that explains the impending deadline and our enforcement policy.  On July 1, 2002, both Phase I and Phase II vessels will be denied entry into U.S. waters if they are not properly certificated". 

** On 1 May 2001 USCG published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the compulsory reporting of vessels’ charterers’ names prior to their arrival in US waters.  As the naming of charterers in the PSC detentions has been a longstanding issue on our Agenda, INTERTANKO is very supportive of this initiative. INTERTANKO believes that the naming of the charterers in PSC detentions will contribute significantly to the elimination of substandard shipping. Please click here for Information about the proposed rulemaking.  (see also articlei n Weekly NEWS No 28/2001 ‘USCG NOTICE OF ARRIVAL – ADDITION OF CHARTERER TO REQUIRED INFORMATION’.

**Approximately 800 vessels, irrespective of ship type, were eligible for the QUALSHIP21. However, only 379 vessels were awarded the Qualship 21 status in March 2001.

** The ratio of detentions for all type of ships to the number of distinct vessel arrivals (number of ships with at least one visit to US ports) was significantly reduced from 3.37% in 1999 to 2.52% in 2000. This ratio was half as much in 1995.  During 2000, 51,871 port calls and 11,767 inspections were recorded.

Regarding the PSC performance of individual Flag Administrations or Classification Societies, please click here for Weekly NEWS No 24/2001 article relating to the issue.

A full copy of the USCG 2000 Annual Port State Control report is available at the USCG web site or by contacting Theodore Plessas by e-mail