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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Port State Control detentions of tankers still below world fleet average

The Port State Control (PSC) ship inspection programme, whereby a set targeted percentage of foreign vessels entering a sovereign state’s waters are boarded and inspected to ensure compliance with various major international maritime conventions, has been closely monitored by INTERTANKO for nearly ten years.

As reported in the last Weekly NEWS Issue 7, tankers perform on average better than the total merchant fleet. In 2003 there were about the same number of tanker detentions as in 2002, despite a modernisation of the fleet. The preliminary figure for 2003 shows that 53,684 inspections were conducted, of which 8,749 were on tankers. A total of 3,513 detentions were reported, which is 6.5% of inspections. 326 tanker detentions were reported, which is 3.7% of tanker inspections. The graph below outlines inspections and detentions for the three PSC reporting areas.

As seen in the graph below, the figures for both 2002 and 2003 show that most of the tankers detained were ships below 10,000 dwt. Very few tankers above 60,000 dwt were detained.

Furthermore, 67% of the tankers detained were built in 1985 and earlier while only 32% of the existing fleet were built in this period. The same trend was also evident in 2002. The two graphs below illustrate this point. It should also be noted that 31% of the tankers detained were built in the period 1981-85, while only 15% of the existing fleet was built in this period.

On average tankers were detained for short periods. 31% were detained for one day and 43% were detained for 2 to 5 days.

Tanker detentions - main reasons (326 detentions in total)

1.       Lifesaving appliances (72)

2.       Certificates and documents (52)

3.       Fire fighting measures (42)

4.       Safety of navigation, charts, publications (21)

5.       MARPOL Annex I – oil filtering equipment (18)

6.       ISM Code related (11)

These 6 categories above cover about 70% of the tanker detentions. The remainder were due to a number of different reasons.

Contacts: Jan Svenne