Port State Control



On completion of the training program, the student will be awarded:

→ A Certificate of Port State Control, issued by Bureau Veritas Solutions Marine & Offshore.

The Certificate of Port State Control, is obtained after completing the course and passing the online test.


This training course aims at providing an overview of the Port State Control background, organisation and procedures. It includes a description of the Port State Control inspection process, the criteria for selection of ships for inspection and the most common detainable deficiencies.


Whom the course is for

The course Port State Control is aimed at anyone interested in understanding the Port State Control procedures and inspections. This may include Ship Managers, Technical Superintendents, Ship Masters, Officers and Seafarers; Surveyors; P&I and/or Insurance Inspectors; etc.


On completion of the training, students will be able to:

  • Know the background and organisation of the various Port State Control regimes around the world.
  • Understand the Port State Control procedures, the criteria for selection of ships for inspection and the inspection process.
  • Know the various publications issued regularly by the different Port State Control regimes.
  • Get familiar with the most common deficiencies which may lead to ship’s detention.

Course Contents

PSC background and organisation

  • Overview
  • Regulations
  • Regional Port State Control organisations

PSC procedures

  • Relevant instruments
  • Selection of ships for inspection
  • Inspection and selection scheme – Scope, priority and frequency of inspection
  • Paris MOU – New Inspection Regime (NIR) factors
  • PSC inspection process
    • Initial inspection
    • Clear grounds for more detailed inspection
    • More detailed inspection
  • Ship detention
  • Banning of ships
  • Publication of information

Detainable deficiencies

  • Examples of detainable deficiencies
    • Under SOLAS Convention
    • Under Load Lines Convention
    • Under MARPOL Convention
    • Under Chemical and Gas Codes
    • Under STCW Convention
    • Under ILO Conventions
  • Statistics from various PSCs