Maritime compliance: IMO issues a new version of IMO “Procedures for Port State Control”


( A new version of IMO “Procedures for port State control, 2021” has been issued under Resolution A. 1155(32) PROCEDURES FOR PORT STATE CONTROL, 2021 which revokes previous resolutions A.1138(31) and MEPC.321(74).

The resolution is intended to provide basic guidance on the conduct of port state control inspections in order to provide consistency in how such inspections are carried out and in the recognition of deficiencies of a ship, its equipment, or its crew.

Copy of these procedures is essential to be provided onboard.

What is new?

On 28 Jan, IMO published its Assembly resolution A. 1155(32) as adopted on 15 Dec 2021, containing a new version of the IMO Procedures for port State control, 2021.

Resolution A. 1155(32) revokes resolutions A.1138(31) and MEPC.321(74):

    • resolution A.1138(31) contains the older version of Procedures for port State control, 2019
    • MEPC.321(74) contains 2019 Guidelines for port State control under MARPOL Annex VI chapter 3

What’s new in revised resolution with Procedures for PSC (2021)?

The main chapters (1 to 5) of the procedures remain without changes. Some changes have been incorporated in Appendices as follows:

Appendix 4 Guidelines for Investigations & Inspections carried out under MARPOL Annex II

  • Part 1 para. 1.6.4 reference updated to include Harmonized System of Survey and Certification 2021.
  • Part 4 New para. 5.10 incorporated with provisions for electronic record book (ERB) use and the provision of a stand alone form or a copy of surveyor’s report to accompany the electronic record book entry. An example form of Cargo Record Book Endorsement is included.

Appendix 7 Guidelines for Control of Operational requirements

This Appendix was totally reformed and categorized in two Parts:

  • Part 1: Initial Process
  • Part 2: Guidance on Specific Inspection Activities

For more details, you can download the full document here below:



Source: IMO


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