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DNV issues advice on Port State Control inspections

DNV issues advice on Port State Control inspections

Singapore: DNV reports that it has developed a new tool kit to help shipowners and managers prepare for Port State Control (PSC) inspections. The classification society describes it as "a major effort to reverse the recent negative trend in port state detentions... especially designed to raise awareness and focus attention on pro-active preparation for port state inspections"

"Port state detention statistics are one of the most important ways by which the maritime industry ranks the quality of the work done by Classification Societies," says Christer Borjesson, Business Development Manager for DNV in Region Middle East and South East Asia.  "Both DNV and our clients should have a common interest in improving our statistics since this will lead to fewer inspections of DNV Classed vessels thereby lowering the already heavy workload on crews and reducing delays in port."

DNV says its PSC Toolkit is the result of research undertaken with clients in 2008 and constitutes the first phase of a continuous process aimed at enabling DNV to offer more specific advice, guidelines and training on the topic of port state control. The toolkit comprises: a booklet entitled 'Port State Control ?" Top Detention Items'; the DNV PSC Wizard ?" software enabling creation of a ship specific checklists; Port State Control posters displaying good and bad practice; and a DNV PSC toolkit folder for storing documentation related to inspections

DNV points out that release of the toolkit coincides with the recent announcement that it has been named best-performing Recognised Organisation in 2008 by the Paris MOU, Europe's Port-State Control authority.  [25/08/09]