We are pleased to present the fourteenth issue of the Annual Report on Port State Control in the Black Sea region which is published under the auspices of the Port State Control Committee of the Black Sea MOU.
Port State Control is of particular importance to the BS MOU member Authorities due to the role of shipping in region’s trade, the sensitivity of the Black Sea basin and its coastline to environmental damage. Thereby BS MOU member Authorities have dedicated considerable resources to having a rigorous port State control program of the highest standard.
PSC inspections are conducted to ensure that foreign ships visiting the Black Sea ports are seaworthy, do not pose a pollution risk, provide a healthy and safe environment and comply with relevant international regulations and within the scope of the member Authorities’ national governing laws and regulations.
This PSC Annual report covers the period between 1st January and 31st December 2014. During this period the BS MOU member Authorities conducted a total of 5,092 initial inspections, representing 0.24 per cent increase as compared with 5,080 initial inspections in 2013. The regional inspection rate is 69.41% which is 5.80% increase compared with 2013. A total of 151 detentions were warranted to ships found with serious deficiencies. This represents a detention percentage of 2.97% which is 0.65% decrease as compared with 184 detentions in 2013. During 2014 a total of 18,350 deficiencies were recorded. The average number of deficiencies per inspection was 3.60; resulting in a 0.14 deficiency point improvement.