IMO Guidelines for PSC under MARPOL Annex VI Chapter 3, from 1 Jan 2020


( These 2019 IMO Port State Control Guidelines are intended to provide basic guidance on the conduct of PSC inspections for compliance with MARPOL Annex VI and afford consistency in the conduct of these inspections, the recognition of deficiencies and the application of control procedures.

The 2019 PSC Guidelines are applicable from 1 January 2020 when exercising Port State Control under MARPOL Annex VI.

It is noted that the 2019 PSC Guidelines revoke the 2009 Guidelines for PSC under the revised MARPOL Annex VI adopted by resolution MEPC.181(59) from 1 January 2020.

The PSCO will ascertain the date of ship construction and the date of installation of equipment on board which are subject to the provisions of the Annex, in order to confirm which regulations of the Annex are applicable.

On boarding and introduction to the master or responsible ship's officer, the port State control officer (PSCO) should examine the following documents, where applicable (click below image to download):

Click below to download the relevant IMO circular:

The North P&I Club has also issued a relevant Guidance in view of the upcoming 2020 sulphur cap, to help vessels be compliant with the fuel requirements of each port when being inspected by Port State Control authorities. Click below to download the relevant document:


Source: IMO / North of England P&I club




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