All non-Canadian commercial vessels that enter Canadian waters are inspected. This is part of the international Port State Control system.
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- Third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control
- Canada’s international memberships
- Inspection of non-Canadian commercial vessels
- Contact Marine Safety for information on Canada’s Port State Control system
Port State Control
Port State Control ( PSC ) is a ship inspection program whereby foreign vessels entering a sovereign state's waters are boarded and inspected to ensure compliance with various major international maritime conventions.
PSC programs are regional in nature. Several countries sharing common waters group together under a Memorandum of Understanding ( MOU ). The MOU is designed to ensure that vessels trading in the region are not substandard.
Follow-up inspection of a foreign vessel
Learn how to request a follow-up inspection for foreign vessels to rescind a detention order or mark a deficiency, noted under the Port State Control program, as rectified.
Canada’s international memberships
Canada will host the Third Joint Ministerial Conference of the Paris and Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding on Port State Control on May 3 to 4, 2017.
- Canada became an associate member of the Paris MOU in 1988 and was accepted as a full member in 1994 (the first non-European member)
- Canada was a driving force in the creation of the Tokyo MOU and has been a member since its inception in 1993
Inspection of non-Canadian commercial vessels
Ship inspections are carried out at all major Canadian ports by Marine Safety inspectors. An inspection database and a list of detained ships are maintained, and the same information is provided to the two MOU databases.
Contact Marine Safety for information on Canada’s Port State Control system
Marine Safety (AMSEA)
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 10th Floor
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