Safety at sea and on shore is an important factor in the maritime industry. To ensure that our fleets, crews and businesses meet the specific requirements set by the regulators, many codes and conventions are in force.
What is it?
To make sure these standards are met there is a large amount of certification required to prove that a ship, its crew, businesses, and shore-side staff meet the national, regional or international requirement.
Onboard ships, certificates can range from emergency pollution plans and ship security plans to construction certificates and certificates of insurance. Other certificates can cover the certificate of registry (specifying the nation registry of the vessel, and certificates of survey) as well as the certificate of class which is issued by the classification society confirming that the vessel is classed by them.
what does it do?
In order to trade and, more importantly get customs' clearance at each of its ports of call, the ship will have to maintain and carry on board at all times, a complete set of certificates.
A Port State Control (PSC) inspection is a general practice that is carried out by port authorities around the world. The PSC inspectors make random inspections of ships calling at their ports, making sure that the ship are in proper condition and are following the rules that have been put in place by international maritime authorities.
A Port State Control (PSC) survey not only includes inspection of machinery, equipment, and ship’s structure, but also involves verifying of several ship certificates and documents.