Port State Control


Port State Control (PSC) is a ship inspection program whereby foreign vessels entering a sovereign state's waters are boarded and inspected to ensure compliance with various major international maritime conventions.

PSC programs are regional in nature; that is, several countries sharing common waters have grouped together under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure that vessels trading in their area are not substandard. There are two MOU to which Canada is signatory: the Paris MOU and the Tokyo MOU.

sub-standard ship

Sub-standard ship

Canada became an associate member to the Paris MOU in April 1988, and was accepted as a full member in May 1994 - the first non-European member to be so accepted. Canada was a driving force in the creation of the Tokyo MOU and has been a member since its inception in December 1993. The Inspection and Operations Standards division inputs to the work of the two MOUs and attends meetings.

Ship inspections are carried out at all major ports by ship inspectors of the Marine Safety Branch. An inspection database and list of detained ships are maintained by the headquarters group, which in turn feeds into the two MOU databases.

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Contact Us

Your comments and concerns relating to Port State Control are important to us and we will address them as quickly as possible.

Email: marinesafety-securitemaritime@tc.gc.ca
Telephone: 613-991-3143
Teletypewriter / TDD: 1-888-675-6863
Facsimile: 613-993-8196

Mailing Address:
Transport Canada
Marine Safety (AMSEA)
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N5

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