Port State Control

All vessels operating in and from Jamaican waters are subject to inspection in accordance with the “Shipping Act”, 1998, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Port State Control (PSC) in the Caribbean Region and the IMO Procedures on Port State Control, as amended.  The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) employs a cadre of Inspectors whom are assigned Port State Control (PSC) inspection responsibilities.  PSC is the inspection of foreign ships visiting Jamaican seaports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) technical conventions.  Jamaica is signature to a regional Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Port State Control (Caribbean MoU), which ensures inspections are closely coordinated with other regional member States to eliminate the operation of substandard ships within the Caribbean.