We are pleased to present the twentieth 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.
This PSC Annual report covers the period between 1st January and 31st December 2020, a year dominated by the global Covid-19 pandemic that changed the world, affected millions of people and also caused significant impact on BS MOU activities. During this period national measures affecting the port State control regime was implemented by the BS MOU member Authorities due to ongoing pandemic.