Palau International Ship Registry (PISR) has recorded a zero percentage detention record with the United States Coastguard (USCG) in the latest figures issued for 2016-2018.
PISR has been critical in the past of the potential for misinterpretation of port state control (PSC) data, but zero detentions give no room for doubt.
The USCG targets flags for additional PSC examinations if their detention ratio scores are higher than the three-year rolling average detention record.
In the two-year period recorded, just 12 Palau-flagged vessels were examined for safety issues with only three recording deficiencies.
PISR chief executive Panos Kirnidis was delighted with the recent USCG report and believes this is a strong testament to the ongoing development of the registry.
“We have a fleet of 400 vessels with increasing interest from shipowners across the globe wanting to talk to us about our digital registry services. Over the past three years we have introduced our Deficiency Prevention System which is a dedicated service providing support to ensure vessel’s compliance with required international conventions and prevent deficiencies and detentions causing them serious implications with PSC,” he said.
“From a dedicated department within PISR, previous inspections findings are monitored along with the location and destination of the Palau-flagged vessels with over 93% confidence their risk performance and priority for inspection by a PSCO. This has gone a long way to helping us achieve this excellent zero-detention figure from the USCG.”
“PISR is currently the only registry in the Paris MOU without detentions for six consecutive months (since 10 November 2018) and this progress is benefiting our fleet. PSC detentions and inspections can be very damaging to shipowners’ businesses and we have been working very hard from our Piraeus office to develop systems and services that keep our shipowners moving.”
“With 39 deputy registrars in 24 countries and 105 flag state inspectors in 43 countries to cover all the technical needs of Palau-registered ships, we are determined to ensure Palau-flagged vessels remain operational and are not detained in ports. Achieving a zero-detention record with one of the most exhaustive and professional regulatory bodies in the maritime world shows PISR is on the right lines,” said Mr Kirnidis.