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All Indian flag ships should upload PSC inspection report within 7 days of inspection

Port State Inspection (PSC) reports of Indian flags should be uploaded to fsidgs.nic.in portal within 7 days of inspection, says a DGS note on 23rd Oct. In case of deficiencies, the follow up report should also be uploaded.  If a vessel is detained or the inspection is suspended, the inspection report should be uploaded within 24 hours and a scanned copy of the report to be forwarded to the PSC cell of the directorate by e-mail at psc-dgs@nic.in. The RO surveyors conducting annual/intermediate/renewal surveys shall verify that the reports are uploaded and no endorsement of statutory certificates to be carried out unless all reports are uploaded on the FSICS.

Request for user id and password to access the FSICS system, can be made to the PSC cell of the directorate and this procedure is implemented with immediate effect. It is also required that within 15 days of the issue of this circular all companies must ensure that inspection reports of all PSC inspections of their ships conducted thus far for the calendar year 2017 have been uploaded in the FSICS.

Responsibility of a Flag State

The prime responsibility of the Flag state is to have in place an adequate and effective system to exercise control over ships entitled to fly its flag, and to ensure that they comply with relevant international rules and regulations in respect of maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment. The IMO III code which entered into force on 1st January 2015, require that the flag state should periodically evaluate the performance of vessel plying its flag and the measures to be used for this evaluation may include port state control detention rates, flag state inspection results, casualty statistics, communication and information processes, annual loss statistics and other performance indicators as may be appropriate.

Further, when a flag state is informed that a ship entitled to fly its flag has been detained by a port state, the flag state should oversee that appropriate corrective measures are taken to bring the ship in question into immediate compliance with the applicable international instruments.

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