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 2019 about 1.100 ships were inspected. Approximately half of them showed deficiencies. 19 ships (2018: 36 ships) were detained until the deficiencies had been rectified. During these inspections, our port state control officers noted about 1986 deficiencies, 127 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 17.900 inspections are conducted each year. About 520 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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