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PSC Overview/General

Port State Control Examiner PQS

Define the purpose and goals of the USCG Port State Control program. To identify and eliminate foreign merchant ships found substandard from U.S. waters and verify that foreign flag ships operating in U.S. waters comply with applicable international conventions and U.S. laws, and regulations.
Describe the purpose of IMO Resolutions and Circulars.
Define the Coast Guard's authority to board foreign vessels and conduct PSC exams. The U.S. is signatory to many international conventions used for forein vessel compliance and gets its jurisdiction from SOLAS Ch.1, Reg.19.
Define a sub-standard vessel. A vessel whose hull, machinery, equipment, or operational safety is substantially below the standards required by the relevant convention or whose crew is not in conformance with the safe manning document.
List and define Coast Guard resources, policy, and program guidence for PSC. Marine Safety Manual (MSM), Navigation & Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC 06-03), Policy letters, PSC monthly message, Homeport, and CG Central.
Describe the role of a vessel agent. A local liason for the ship to help coordinate shore based services.
Describe the role of a Recognized Organization (RO). An organization that has been delegated by the Flag State Administration to provide the necessary statutory services and certification to ships entitled to fly its flag.
Describe the role of a Recognized Security Organization (RSO). An organization with the appropriate expertise in security and antiterrorism matters recognized by the Administration and authorized to carry out assessment, verification, approval and certification activities required by the ISPS Code.
Explain: International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL)
Explain: Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)
Explain: International Ship & Port Facility Code (ISPS Code)
Explain: International Safety Management Code (ISM Code)
Explain: International Life-Saving Appliance Code (LSA Code) Supplement to Ch.3 of SOLAS covering all life-saving appliances in detail.
Explain: International Code for Fire Safety Systems (FSS Code)
Explain: International Convention on Load Lines, 1966 (ICLL) answer
Explain: International Labor Office, Convention 147 (ILO 147) answer
Explain: International Convention on Tonnage Measurement of Ships 1969 (ITC) answer
Explain: International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carring Dangerous Chemicals in Bulk (IBC Code) answer
U.S. regulations for: Navigation Safety 33 CFR 164
U.S. regulations for: Pollution Prevention 33 CFR 154-156
U.S. regulations for: Maritime Security 33 CFR 101 & 103-106
U.S. regulations for: Marine Sanitation Devices 33 CFR 159
U.S. regulations for: Safety requirements for carraige of dangerous articles and substances 49 CFR
Define the role and members of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS). answer
What U.S. regulations provide classification societies their authorization to review, examine, survey or certify the construction, repair, or alteration of a vessel in the U.S.?
Created by: SecHR PSC Branch