Ensuring that your vessel is registered to a country or territory deemed respectable is crucial. Port State Control (PSC) plays a role when your ship seeks to dock in ports of other countries. It involves the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to ensure that the ship’s condition is in line with international regulations and that the vessel is operated in compliance with these rules.
Registering with a country that follows the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MoU), and is deemed on its White List, ensures that your ship will not be disadvantaged when in European ports.
The Paris MoU is the official agreement between the 27 participating Maritime Authorities that implements a harmonized system of Port State Control. Among those countries include Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia and Canada. Its white list includes states such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Hong Kong, the USA, and China.
If located in a country within the Paris MoU, yacht owners may receive different forms of inspections, such as an Initial inspection that examines the overall condition and hygiene of the ship, a more detailed review if there are grounds to suspect that a more thorough assessment is needed. This may be the case whenever the inspector has clear reasons to believe that during a review, the ship’s condition, equipment or crew did not meet the relevant requirements of a suitable instrument.
The final inspection type is an “Expanded Inspection” reserved for “High-Risk Ships”. Generally, this list refers to ships such as chemical tankers, gas carriers, oil tankers and passenger ships; however, older vessels may also be subject to expanded inspections to ensure they are sea-worthy.