Technical Circular No. 62 | 2017

Subject: : St. Vincent & the Grenadines circular reg. requirement of survey for vessels visiting port of Paris Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) member country.

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  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines has issued a revised circular no. PSC 033-Rev.3 providing requirement of survey for vessels visiting Paris MoU member country in order to continuously improve flag’s performance in Paris MoU.
  • Salient points of the circular are as follows:
  1. Administration requires an occasional survey by a Recognized Organization (RO) for all vessels which are subject to Port State Control (PSC) inspections when:
  • Detained by PSC during last three consecutive years irrespective of PSC MoU, place or flag under which they have been detained;
  • Having their next port of call within a Paris MoU member country and occasional survey is not carried out within last 6 months.
  1. In addition to above a mandatory occasional Survey may be imposed by the Administration to vessel with high record of non compliance with the international regulations.
  1. If the vessel is holding statutory certificates issued by different ROs, the occasional survey will be carried out by the RO that issued the SOLAS 74, as amended (except ISM &ISPS) and ILLC 66 certificate.
  1. Scope of the survey will be equivalent to mandatory annual statutory surveys covering all national and international regulations as applicable.
  1. The occasional survey will have validity of six (6) months and can be scheduled to coincide with annual, intermediate or renewal survey, but may not be postponed for the same reasons.
  1. Operators and owners are under obligation to request such surveys ahead of time to the RO.
  1. If an increased number of ISM related deficiencies is found during occasional survey, Administration requires an additional audit in the scope of an initial ISM audit prior to the vessel’s departure to a port within Paris MoU member country.
  1. Upon completion of the occasional survey and ISM audit, the RO will issue a Statement which will be submitted to administration to and together with the survey report.
  1. Those vessels subject to requirement of occasional survey which do not carry mandatory occasional survey or which are detained twice by maritime Authority member of the Paris MoU within a six (6) months period will be deleted from St. Vincent & the Grenadines registry.
  • It may be noted that administration may decide without any further notice to enforce these requirements to vessels which have not been detained by PSC during last three consecutive years.
  • Ship owners/ operators and masters are advised to be guided by above


  1. St. Vincent & the Grenadines circular no. PSC 033-Rev.3.


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