Port State Control

Short Description/Aims

To provide Government Representatives with the foundational knowledge to establish/improve respective Port State Control Programs through effective examinations. Training topics include: port state control purpose and concepts; code of conduct; vessel targeting processes; basic application of International requirements to foreign vessels for hull, machinery, fire protection, lifesaving equipment, communications, navigation equipment and systems, safe management, maritime security, and a variety of additional systems; and practical guidelines on how to examine foreign vessels for compliance and control actions. The course is delivered through lectures, in-class exercises, and typically includes a field trip to a vessel.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students should: 

  • Fully understand the latest international development in legal, policy, management, and technological aspects of Port State Control.
  • Be able to apply knowledge and skills to conduct PSC inspections.
  • Determine appropriate enforcement actions by PSC Officers
  • Gain practical experience on a PSC inspection.

Course Outline

  • Understanding Port State Control Purpose
  • Applicable Conventions
  • Required Documentation
  • Conducting Inspection of Ships
  • Successful Tips and Tricks of Port State Control Officers
  • Enforcement Action by the Port State
  • Practical Application (if available through host nation)

Teaching & Learning Methods

    • Lecture
    • Discussion
    • Group Activities
    • Scenario
    • Field Trip (if available through host nation)

Who should attend

• Newly assigned PSC Officers, personnel working alongside or managing PSCO’s, and personnel re-entering PSC Officer position. • Government Maritime Administration Representatives.

Additional Information

Additional segments on ship registries & IACS, among other PSC related topics available upon request.

Course may be expanded to 10 days for more in-depth review of material for PSC Officers.

Course length

5 days

EC Credit

2.5 EC

Mode of Delivery