We are pleased to present the eighteenth 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 2018. During this period the BS MOU member Authorities conducted a total of 5,214 inspections, representing slight 2.0 per cent increase as compared with 5,112 initial inspections in 2017. The regional inspection rate is 72.33% which is 1.26 per cent increase as compared with 2017. A total of 278 detentions were warranted to ships found with serious deficiencies. This represents a detention percentage of 5.33% which is 1.77 per cent decrease as compared with 283 detentions in 2017.