Encounters At Sea
Certificate of Merit
PORT STATE CONTROL
The ship was a chemical tanker. The incident took place in 2005. The vessel was at Rotterdam. On berthing and finishing the custom formalities, Master, C/E, 2nd officer, 4th engineer, electrical officer- all went ashore. Port state authorities boarded the vessel and wanted to do their inspections. Only C/O was available with 3rd officer and he was busy with the cargo work. Master had not handed over the key to him, hence he could not show the ship’s records to him. PSC authority, then proceeded to deck for his physical inspection. Since C/O and 3rd officer were busy in cargo work, no body could accompany the port state officer and he went on spree and noted the minor and major deficiencies.
PSC was already irritated in knowing that there are no body to accompany him for the inspection. After finishing the deck side, he came to ER for inspection. Here also he could only see 2/E and 3/E who were busy with the decarbonisation work on one of the auxiliary engines. PSC authority had to do inspection all alone and he made remarks on “high risk defects”. At 1900 hrs, Master and Chief Engineer came on board, and the PSC authority met them, inspected the ship board records and issued their NCs noted through his inspection. Since he claimed high risk defects are noticed by him, the ship was detained till the repair works could be carried out.
The excuses and the explanations from the master and the chief engineer were unheard, and since he was very much irritated, he slapped on the defects as high risk ones. He insisted that the repairs to be carried out, before the ship sails out. The absence of the responsible officers on board at the time of port sate inspection may lead to such disastrous actions. If they could explain the PSC authority in a nice way, he would have understood and the detention could have been avoided.