2019 Guidelines for Port State Control under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3
15 January 2020 | C20003
The Marine Environment Protection Committee at its 74th session approved the 2019 Guidelines for port State control under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3.
Ship Owners/ Managers/ Operators | Surveyors / Auditors
The 2019 Guidelines for Port State Control provide basic guidance on the conduct of PSC inspections for compliance with MARPOL Annex VI and afford consistency in the conduct of these inspections, the recognition of deficiencies and the application of control procedures. The 2019 Guidelines revoke the 2009 Guidelines for port State control under the revised MARPOL Annex VI adopted by resolution MEPC.181(59).
Port State Control Officers upon inspection on board vessels shall:
- apply 2019 PSC Guidelines from 1 January 2020;
- apply the provisions of MARPOL Annex VI concerning the prohibition on the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil for combustion purposes for propulsion or operation on board a ship from 1 March 2020; and
- apply the provisions of MARPOL Annex VI concerning electronic record books from 1 October 2020.
If the certificates and documents are valid and appropriate and, after an inspection of the ship to check that the overall condition of the ship meets generally accepted international rules and standards, the PSCO’s general impressions and observations on board confirm a good standard of maintenance, the inspection should be considered satisfactorily concluded.
If, however, the PSCO’s general impressions or observations on board give clear grounds for believing that the condition of the ship or its equipment do not correspond substantially with the particulars of the certificates or the documents, the PSCO should proceed to a more detailed inspection.
DromonClass has prepared a checklist that can be found herein this Circular, in order to assist Shipowners to prepare for the upcoming Port State Control Inspections and reduce the risk of having a detention on board their vessels.
Ship Owners / Managers / Operators must ensure that their vessels fully comply with MARPOL Regulations, in order to achieve clear inspections and avoid any possible detentions, according to the 2019 Guidelines for Port State Control.