BG Verkehr / Dienststelle Schiffssicherheit
Bereich Hafenstaatkontrolle
Brandstwiete 1
20457 Hamburg

Phone: +49 40 361 37-297 (office hours)/+49 40 361 37-100 (24h)
Fax: +49 40 361 37-295

Mike Meklenburg
Phone: +49 40 361 37-202

Statistics · Examples

About half of all ships inspected show deficiencies, some of them alarming

Annually the Ship Safety Division of the BG Verkehr performs between 1,000 and 1,300 port state control inspections in German ports. In 2021 only about 800 ships were inspected. The reduction of inspection numbers compared to 2019 and before is due to the occupational safety measures put in place as a reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there has been an increase of about 200 inspections in 2021 from the first year of the pandemic 2020.

Approximately half of the inspected ships showed deficiencies. 35 ships (previous year: 29 ships) were detained until the deficiencies had been rectified. During the inspections, our port state control officers noted about 2287 deficiencies, 128 of which were found in the system of safe management and operation of ships (ISM).

The number of ships which had to be detained had initially been high, but soon declined considerably.  In the course of the past decades less and less ships were kept in detention. Recently, the number of deficiencies revealed has been rising again. Evidently, this reflects the current economic difficulties the shipping industry is facing. 

The declining number of port state control inspections over the past years results from the new inspection regime (NIR). This regime „rewards“ ships professionally operated by companies with outstanding performance and flying a quality flag with considerably increased intervals between port state control inspections.

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Examples of substandard ships in German ports

The number of ships which significantly failed the required standard has fallen considerably over the past years. There are some drastic examples of substandard ships found by port state control in Germany.

Statistics of port state control in Europe

In the entire area covered by the Paris MoU about 15.400 inspections are conducted each year. About 540 of these ships have to be temporarily detained due to major deficiencies. For more detailed information and the annual report of the Paris MoU please visit its website.

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