The US Coast Guard posted the 2016 Annual Report on Port State Control (PSC) in the United States. Detentions, which had been rising in the past, now showing decline.
Vessel Arrivals and Examinations Increased, Detentions Decreased
In 2016, a total of 9,859 individual vessels, from 83 different flag administrations, made 81,877 port calls to the United States. The Coast Guard conducted 9,390 SOLAS safety exams and 8,818 ISPS exams on these vessels. The total number of ships detained in 2016 for environmental protection and safety related deficiencies decreased from 202 to 103. The total number of ships detained in 2016 for security related deficiencies slightly decreased from 11 to 8.
Flag administration safety performance for 2016 increased, with the overall annual detention rate dropping from 2.18% to 1.09%. The three-year rolling detention ratio also decreased from 1.67% to 1.63%. The flag administrations of Honduras and Malta were both removed from our Targeted Flag List. Flag administration security performance for 2016 increased as well, with the annual Control Action Ratio (CAR) decreasing from 0.13% to 0.09%. The three-year rolling average CAR has remained steady at 0.11%. Additionally, the flag administrations of Egypt, Honduras, and Tanzania were all removed from our ISPS/MTSA targeted matrix.
In addition to receiving appeals contesting the overall merits of a detention, we also receive appeals requesting the removal of a party’s association to a detention. In 2016, Coast Guard Headquarters received a total of 13 detention appeals. Four appeals were submitted challenging the overall merits of the detention. All four were denied. For those parties appealing their association with a detention, nine total, all nine were granted. For more information on the Coast Guard’s appeal process, please see our process guidance on page 5 of this report.
The QUALSHIP 21 program ended calendar year 2016 with an enrollment of 1,493 vessels. Last year we had thirteen flag administrations lose their QS21 eligibility over the previous year. With the considerable drop in detentions, only one flag administration lost their eligibility and an additional six became eligible. We would like to welcome the flag administrations of Bahamas, China, Germany, Isle of Man, Portugal, and Singapore for becoming QS21 eligible in 2017. We invite you to take a moment to see the full list of QS21 flag administrations in Chapter 2 of this report.
QUALSHIP 21 E-Zero Program (New for 2017)
The Coast Guard is introducing QS21 E-Zero, a new program that incorporates environmental stewardship into the existing QS21 program. The QS21 E-Zero program focuses on compliance with international environmental conventions and U.S. ballast water regulations. The E-zero designation is intended to provide a higher level of recognition within the existing QS21 program. Details on the benefits of the new QS21 E-Zero program, including eligibility requirements, are presented in Chapter 2 of this report. Process wise, all existing QUALSHIP 21 ships that are coming due for renewal in the coming months will be automatically screened for eligibility based on renewals falling within the period of July 1, 2017 to December 1, 2017. For all other QUALSHIP 21 ships which presently meet the EZero criteria, shipping companies are welcome to submit applications in order to have the E-Zero designation added to their vessels’ current certificates for re-issuance.
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