We are pleased to present the fifteenth 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. 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.
At the 16th meeting of the Port State Control Committee in Batumi, Georgia, April 2015, the BS MOU decided to introduce a New Inspection Regime for selection of ships for inspection from 1st January 2016 to harmonize further its risk based targeting and inspection system with the leading memorandas, namely Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU, to the highest level.
This PSC Annual report covers the period between 1st January and 31st December 2015. During this period the BS MOU member Authorities conducted a total of 4997 initial inspections, representing 1.9 per cent decrease as compared with 5,092 initial inspections in 2014. The regional inspection rate is 69.58% which is 0.2% increase as compared with 2014. A total of 218 detentions were warranted to ships found with serious deficiencies. This represents a detention percentage of 4.36% which is 44.4% increase as compared with 151 detentions in 2014. During 2015 a total of 18,094 deficiencies were recorded. The average number of deficiencies per inspection was 3.62; resulting in a 0.02 deficiency point increase.