Port State Control

MPA performs Port State Control inspections to check and ensure that visiting foreign ships are in compliance with international regulations.

Port State Control (PSC) inspection is an important function performed by the Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore and the inspections are carried out by Port State Control Officers from the Port State Control Department of the Shipping Division.

The inspection ensures that the ships leaving the port meet international safety, security and marine pollution prevention standards.

Ships that do not meet these standards may be detained and would need to apply for a follow-up inspection before release from detention. The shipowner or company has the right to appeal against the detention.

Singapore is a founding member of the “Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region”, better known as the “TOKYO-MOU”.

Vessels detained due to serious deficiencies are to ensure that these deficiencies are satisfactorily rectified and apply for a follow-up Port State Control (PSC) inspection before they can be allowed to depart.

The following 8 Recognised Organisations are currently authorized by MPA for the conduct of follow-up inspection arising from PSC detention in Singapore:

Vessels classed under any of these Recognised Organisations may appoint them to conduct a follow-up inspection. Completed inspection reports by the above Recognised Organisations carrying out the follow-up inspections are to be submitted to the Port State Control Department of the Shipping Division for further review and acceptance before the vessels can be released from detention. Vessels which are not classed under any of the above 8 Recognised Organisations may be required to make an application for a follow-up inspection by MPA and the ship agent/Master will be guided accordingly.

The master or owner of a detained ship may appeal against a Port State Control detention . The appeal must be submitted via email to shipping@mpa.gov.sg and to the Director of Marine within 30 days after the date of detention.



The Director of Marine
Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
460 Alexandra Road #21-00
Singapore 119963
Attn: Shipping Division