The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has released Resolution A.1119(30) on Procedures for Port State Control. The procedures were adopted on 6 December 2017 and revoke Resolution A.1052(27) on Procedures for Port State Control, 2011. The new resolution updates procedures to take account of amendments to IMO instruments that have entered into force, or have become effective, since the adoption of Resolution A.1052(27).
The resolution is intended to provide basic guidance on the conduct of port state control inspections in order to provide consistency in how such inspections are carried out and in the recognition of deficiencies of a ship, its equipment or its crew.
In section 1.2, the application of the procedures is extended to:
- The Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972
- The International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1969
- The Protocol of 1992 to amend the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1969
- The International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001
- The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004
- The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, 2007
Guidance on voluntary early implementation of amendments to the 1974 SOLAS Convention and related mandatory instruments is provided in paragraph 1.2.5.
Where a port state exercises control based on the International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC 2006), guidance on the conduct of those inspections is given in the ILO publication “Guidelines for port state control officers carrying out inspections under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006”.
The definition of ‘valid certificates’ has been updated to recognise that certificates may be issued electronically or on paper. Further information is given in section 2.2 and references the “Guidelines for the use of electronic certificates (FAL.5/Circ.39/Rev.2)”.
Appendix 7 now includes additional paragraphs on enclosed space entry and rescue drills and emergency steering drills.
Appendix 8, which contains guidelines for port state control officers on the ISM Code, has been updated.
Appendix 11 has been significantly changed, providing guidelines to port state control officers on the certification of seafarers, manning and hours of rest.
It is recommended that shipowners and managers raise the awareness of masters and officers regarding the Procedures on Port State Control, 2017.