Overriding & Unexpected factors

Overriding Factors

The overriding factors, listed below are considered sufficiently serious to trigger an additional inspection at Priority I:

  • Ships reported by another Member State excluding unexpected factors,
  • Ships involved in a collision, grounding or stranding on their way to port,
  • Ships accused of an alleged violation of the provisions on discharge of harmful substances or effluents,
  • Ships which have been manoeuvred in an erratic or unsafe manner whereby routing measures, adopted by the IMO, or safe navigational practices and procedures have not been followed,
  • Ships which have been suspended or withdrawn from their Class for safety reasons after last PSC inspection,
  • Ships which cannot be identified in the database.

Unexpected Factors

Unexpected factors could indicate a serious threat to the safety of the ship and the crew or to the environment but the need to undertake an additional inspection is for the professional judgement of the Authority.

These factors include:

  • Ships reported by pilots or relevant authorities which may include information from Vessel Traffic Services about ships’ navigation,
  • Ships which did not comply with the reporting obligations,
  • Ships reported with outstanding deficiencies (3 months after issuing of the deficiency)
  • Previously detained ships (3 months after the detention),
  • Ships which have been the subject of a report or complaint  by the master, seafarer or any person or organization with a legitimate interest in the safe operation of the ship, shipboard living and working conditions or the prevention of pollution, unless the Member State concerned deems the report or complaint to be manifestly unfounded,
  • Ships operated in a manner to pose a danger,
  • Ships reported with problems concerning their cargo, in particular noxious or dangerous cargo,
  • Ships where information from a reliable source became known, that their risk parameters differ from the recorded ones and the risk level is thereby increased,
  • Ships carrying certificates issued by a formerly Paris MoU recognized organization whose recognition has been withdrawn since the last inspection in the Paris MoU region