Port State Control (PSC)

  • Published: 22/03/2016

Port State Contol is inspection of foreign vessels in Norwegian ports (mainland Norway and Svalbard) in order to verify that the vessel’s condition and equipment are in compliance with the provisions of International Conventions and that the vessel is safely manned and operated in compliance with applicable international law.

Reference is made to Regulations of 24 November 2014 No. 1458 on port State control.

Norway is a member of Paris MOU which is an agreement between 27 European countries included Russia and Canada.

The goal is to eliminate sub-standard vessels operating in the region through a harmonized system for Port State Control.

All vessels will have a risk profile based on various factors such as type of ship, age, flag, RO and history of ship and owner.  

The vessels are divided into three risk categories:

  • Low Risk Ship (LRS)
  • Standard Risk Ship (SRS)
  • High Risk Ship (HRS)

Ships are targetted for inspection based on risk category and time since last inspection within PMOU. This is done in a central database called Thetis which is operated by EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency). All memberstates have access to Thetis which keeps track of arriving ships and their priority. Ships with priority I (PI) must be inspected and vessels with priority II may be inspected.

Risk typeMay be inspected (PII)Must be inspected (PI)
HRS 5 months* 6 months*
SRS 10 months* 12 months*
LRS 24 months* 36 months*

*(time since last inspection within PMOU)
Furthermore there may be overriding or unexpected factors added to a vessel which makes it PI or PII and therefore eligeble for PSC.

Ships arriving to Norway must report its ETA in SafeSeaNet (SSN) minimum 24 hours before arrival or after departure from previous port if the voyage is less than 24 hours.

SSN is operated by Norwegian Coastal Administration and is a single window platform for reporting to various Norwegian authorities.

Additionally a vessel must report Actual time of arrival (ATA) and Actual time of departure (ATD) within one hour after arrival/departure to/from a Norwegian port or anchorage.

The reporting shall be done through SSN.

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