- Foreign Vessels

12/17/2015: Port state control detection deficiency areas – MSIB published

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin, or MSIB, 16-15 to address the top five deficiency areas that port state control officers find on foreign vessels and have led to detentions in 2015.

The purpose of MSIB 16-15 is to share information so that owners, operators and other involved parties can take proactive steps to identify and correct substandard conditions of safety and environmental stewardship, before port state control action is necessary.

MSIB 16-15 identifies the following as the top five areas of deficiency:

  • Maintenance of ship and equipment – ISM Code
  • Oily water separating equipment – MARPOL
  • Fixed firefighting installation – SOLAS
  • Rescue boats – SOLAS
  • Fire detection equipment – SOLAS

View MSIB 16-15 for further details to include specific information on each of these five areas.

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