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|SOLAS-74 Port State Control|
Port State Control (PSIX)
Recognizing that Classification surveys and Statutory surveys for which the Flag Administration is responsible are carried out on an annual basis and that without satisfactory maintenance of the ship, its systems and equipment in the intervals between such surveys, severe deterioration can take place, regulation 19 of Chapter I, SOLAS 74, requires that every ship when in a foreign port be subject to control by officers of that port. Such control is usually exerted on a percentage of ships in the port by means of Port State Control (PSC) inspections. PSC inspections provide a further authoritative check on the condition of the ship, its systems and equipment during the intervals between Classification Surveys and Statutory surveys for which the Flag Administration is responsible. Thus further cognizance is taken of the regulatory strategy at section 3(20).