Ships need to comply with internationally agreed standards regarding safety, security, protection of the environment and working and living conditions.
The flag State of the ship should ensure compliance and will issue statutory certificates.
Every ship making international voyages on a commercial basis is subject to Port State Control worldwide.
A port State has the right to inspect foreign ships coming to its ports.
When ships are not in compliance, the port State may take actions to ensure rectification of the deficiencies.
This may include the detention of the ship.
The consequences of a detention can have a significant (financial) impact on the operation of a ship and reputation damage for the shipping company.
Schiferli Maritime Consultancy can assist you in a better understanding about port State control in order to avoid or reduce the consequences of inspections by introducing proactive measures.