INTERTANKO A Guide to the Vetting Process - 14th Edition

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303 mm
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2.6 kg
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November 2021
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This publication, now in its 14th edition, provides guidance on ship inspections and the vetting process and is designed to assist tanker crews and personnel ashore to better understand, and to be better prepared for, vetting inspections.

This guide compiles the latest advice and requirements from energy departments, Port State authorities and INTERTANKO members, to assist with understanding ship inspections and the vetting process, and to help readers comply with vetting requirements.

It contains:

  • A general introduction to Port State Control (PSC) and Regional MoUs
  • detailed information on specific MoUs
  • an overview of the detention appeal and review process
  • a guide to vetting inspections
  • specific vetting company requirements.

Appendices also provide details of IMO requirements, key INTERTANKO and OCIMF-SIRE documents and sample Report of Inspection forms.

PSC is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international regulations and that the ship is manned and operated in compliance with these rules.

These inspections were originally intended to be a back up to Flag State implementation, however, experience has shown that they can be extremely effective. PSC provides a "safety net" to catch substandard ships, especially if the inspections are managed on a regional basis.


Guide to Port State Control and Regional MoUs

Introduction, Scope and Background to PSC

Port State Control Inspections

Professional Qualifications and Conduct of PSCOs

Deficiencies and Detentions

General Guide for Masters

A Guide for Masters – US Coast Guard Visits

Guidance for Companies

Selection of Ships for Port State Control


Guide to Port State Control and Regional MoUs

Port State Control – Abuja MoU

Port State Control – Black Sea MoU

Port State Control – Caribbean MoU

Port State Control – Indian Ocean MoU

Port State Control – Mediterranean MoU

Port State Control – Paris MoU

Port State Control – Riyadh MoU

Port State Control – Tokyo MoU

Port State Control – Viña del Mar

Port State Control Inspections in Australia

Port State Control Inspections in China

Port State Control Inspections in the United Kingdom

Port State Control Inspection in the USA

Code of Good Practice for Port State Control Officers


Detention Appeal and Review Procedures

Abuja Detention Review Panel Procedures

Australian Detention Review Panel Procedures

Black Sea Detention Review Panel Procedures

China Detention Review Panel Procedures

Indian Ocean MoU Independent Detention Review Panel

Mediterranean MoU Review Panel/Appeal Procedures

Paris MoU Detention Review Procedure

Tokyo MoU Detention Review Panel Procedures

United Kingdom Detention Review Procedures

Viña Del Mar MoU Detention Review Panel Procedures

Generic appeal letter for USCG interventions


Guide to Vetting Inspections

A Guide to Ship Inspections


SIRE Introduction

SIRE Documents

SIRE PSC Repository

Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI)

?Vetting Company Requirements


Related Port State Control Information

Related Vetting Information

INTERTANKO (the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners) is a trade association that has served as the voice for independent tanker owners since 1970, representing the interests of its Members at national, regional and international levels.

The organisation champions an industry dedicated to support global energy networks by delivering safe, efficient and environmentally sound transport services.

INTERTANKO actively works on a wide range of operational, technical, legal and commercial issues affecting tanker owners and operators around the world. It draws on regular and direct contact with its Members and other industry stakeholders to develop and disseminate information and best practice, essential to the tanker industry.

Number of Pages:
Binding Format:
Book Height:
303 mm
Book Width:
216 mm
2.6 kg


Published Date:
November 2021
Publication Date:
November 2021