Port State Control

The 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”.