What preparations should we make before the PSC inspection onboard?

What preparations should we make before the PSC inspection onboard? What do inspectors look at most and what do they pay attention to? How should we organize our crew before the PSC inspection?

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The following are the most basic parameters that you should pay attention to before PSC inspections:

1. Certificates and documents: PSC inspectors will check the ship’s certificates and documents to ensure that they are up to date and comply with relevant regulations, including SOLAS, MARPOL and ISPS Code.

2. Safety equipment: Inspectors will check the vessel’s safety equipment, including life-saving appliances, fire-fighting equipment, and navigational aids

3. Hull and structural integrity: The vessel’s hull and structural integrity will be inspected to ensure that there are no signs of damage, corrosion, or wear

4. Machinery and propulsion systems: The vessel’s machinery and propulsion systems will be inspected to ensure that they are in good working order and comply with relevant regulations.

5. Pollution prevention equipment: Inspectors will check the vessel’s pollution prevention equipment, including oily water separators and sewage treatment systems

6. Crew competency and working conditions: Inspectors will check the competency and working conditions of the crew to ensure that they are properly trained and have access to appropriate facilities.

7. Security arrangements: The vessel’s security arrangements will be inspected to ensure that they comply with the ISPS Code and that the crew is prepared to respond to security threats.


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As I know some records must be kept according to IMO. For example, Fuel transfer record (for LSFO and HSFO fuel), correct sounding record, Bunker delivery note and sample fuel is onboard, Fuel transfer plan

It’s worth mentioning that different countries may have slightly different inspection regimes and areas of focus. For example, the Paris MoU, Tokyo MoU, and US Coast Guard each have their own inspection guidelines and priorities. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the port state you will be visiting to ensure compliance and avoid potential penalties.

In addition to the resources shared earlier, the following guides and resources can help you further understand and prepare for PSC inspections:

  • Guide to Port State Control Inspections - DNV GL
  • Port State Control - A Guide for Cargo Ships - North P&I Club
  • Preparing for a Port State Control Inspection - Gard

By staying informed and proactive, you can ensure a smoother PSC inspection process and maintain a strong safety and compliance record for your vessel.