Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has once again topped the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Annual Port State Control (PSC) Report and Annual Class Performance List for 2010. GL is again in the top performing group with a detention ratio of 0%. In over 1,000 distinct vessel arrivals there was no determination of class responsibility in any USCG detention of GL classed vessels.
Overall arrivals were slightly down from 2008 and 2009, with 1,134 and 1,172 arrivals respectively, to 1,112 distinct vessel arrivals in 2010. Notably, GL is the only Recognised Organisation (RO) with more than 1,000 arrivals in each of the last 3 years to have no class related detentions assessed.
Maintaining ship safety, environmental protection and operating systems year on year is essential in a climate of increased maritime scrutiny, and greater environmental awareness. The importance of rigour assessment services by ROs, is made plain by the introduction of a ban system in the US for vessels which repeatedly violate international regulations. Three ships were banned in 2010.
The report noted a decrease in the number of detentions related to safety and environmental protection systems of 11% over the last three years.