Representatives of the 10 Port State Control regimes met on 8 April in an online video meeting called by the IMO. Photo: IMO
Port State Control (PSC) regimes have reported that while the number of physical onboard ship inspections have reduced considerably during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, high-risk ships which may be substandard continue to be targeted.
Representatives of the 10 Port State Control regimes, which cover the world’s oceans, met on 8 April in an online video meeting called by the IMO.
The PSC regimes reported taking a “pragmatic, practical and flexible” approach, recognising that exemptions, waivers and extensions to certificates have been granted by many flag states. The PSC regimes expressed a general desire for such practices to be standardised and harmonised.
The PSC regimes agreed on the need to work together to develop harmonised port State control practices and policies to ensure a consistent approach across the world and also welcomed the coordinating role of IMO.
Many IMO member states, as flag states, have communicated information to IMO on their guidance in relation to certificate extensions and related matters. Some of the PSC regimes have already issued guidance and information on conducting ship inspections during the COVD-19 pandemic. These will be shared on the IMO website.