The PSC Ready app by Bureau Veritas (BV) helps ship managers and their crews define checklists in preparation for port state control inspections. It also supports them in managing the inspections, from assignments to reporting and, if necessary, deficiency resolution.
The app incorporates predefined checklists reflecting the BV’s maritime expertise and port state control experience. “It also includes the latest news related to port state control, such as concentrated inspection campaigns and circulars,” explained Laurent Hentges, BV vice-president of operational excellence and information systems.
“PSC Ready enables crew members to manage the preparation for an inspection before arriving in port and check their ship compliance with safety and environmental requirements. Ship managers can also initiate campaigns across their fleets addressing any specific topics, assign them to the captains on board the vessels they manage, and receive records once an inspection is completed.”
The creation of a concentrated inspection campaign is possible based on specific MOU requirements. Moreover, checklists can be customised and shared with users in the company to ensure vessels are all inspected to the same standard.
After each inspection, a record is generated with a list of any deficiencies, with illustrations, and any corrective action proposed by the crew. PSC Ready also enables any user to create inspection follow-ups to verify the resolution of any deficiencies.
BV said its technical performance and port state control manager and office managers across Europe and Asia provided input on the app and worked directly with shipowners. “Several interviews were conducted to capture expectations upfront. Then pilot clients volunteered to use the app in development providing feedback before the global rollout.”
The product also provides statistics about deficiencies raised by port state control inspections that can be filtered by MOU, port, or ship type, gives direct access to MOU websites, and has an internal ‘social network’ to share records and tasks within a company.