Panama updates Procedures for Port State Control Inspections
Nov 09, 2022
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The Panama Maritime Authority has issued the merchant marine circular addressed to recognized organizations, ship-owners/operators, legal representatives of Panamanian flagged vessels, Panamanian merchant marine consulates, Segumar regional offices, ASI inspectors, Port State Control inspectors, shipping companies and other flag customers.
This document, issued on October 24th, 2022, explains the updated Procedures for Port State Control Inspections.
This Merchant Marine Circular informs that the IMO Resolution A.1155(32) was adopted on December 15, 2021, updating the Procedures for Port State Control Inspections, providing basic guidance on the conduct of port State control inspections in support of the control provisions of relevant conventions and parts of the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code) (Resolution A.1070(28)) and afford consistency in the conduct of these inspections, the recognition of deficiencies of a ship, its equipment, or its crew, and the application of control procedures.
These guidelines will be implemented by governments exercising port state control; for that reason, we invite all to get familiarized with these new procedures in order to be ready to face port state control inspections. We will highlight on this circular some of the main topics covered by the new Procedures and that can be of your interest.
Guidelines for appeals process against Port State Control deficiencies/detentions and
Measurements to Reduce PSC Detentions on Panamanian Vessels.
Guidelines for appeals process against Port State Control deficiencies/detentions
The purpose of this Merchant Marine Circular is to remind Panamanian vessel companies or its representatives, about the mechanism to be used if a deficiency/detention by a Port State Control Inspections is due to appeal.
Additionally, to provide information and guidance regarding the appeal process in the different Memorandum of Understanding, in the event that it is necessary.
Measurements to Reduce PSC Detentions on Panamanian Vessels
The propose of this Circular is to establish measurements to reduce Port State Control (PSC) detentions of Panama flagged vessels, with the cooperation of recognized organizations, shipowners and ship operators as well as other interested parties.
The reviews of the 2021 Panamanian vessels performance, shown an increased number of detentions in some regions. Therefore, it is necessary to improve the identification of any ship considered to be poorly maintained, or have reached, a condition that could be judged as sub-standard, in order to reduce deficiencies and detentions.
This Administration would like to highlight that in order to complies with safety, security and environmental regulations for a better maritime industry, there no place in our registry for substandard vessels; which can affect directly our flag reputation in all the Port State Control Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs).