Review of the Port State Control Directive

13 November 2020

Please, be aware that a review of the Port State Control Directive (2009/16/EC) is taking place. A recent evaluation showed indeed that the Port State Control Directive continues to be pivotal in the defence against 'substandard' shipping in EU waters but identified several areas that can be improved.

Specifically, the review of the Directive will focus on more targeted inspections concentrating on operational issues, an incentive mechanism for quality shipping, the recruitment and retention of inspectors, the interface with SafeSeaNet THETIS and the inclusion of foreign fishing vessels.

The review is structured in three distinct phases: a roadmap open for feedback for 6 weeks, until 20 November 2020, a public consultation, and the Commission adoption, planned for the third quarter 2021.

Feedback will be considered for further development and fine tuning of the initiative. The Commission will summarise the input received in a synopsis report explaining how the input will be taken on board and, if applicable, why certain suggestions cannot be taken up.


Further information regarding the initiative are available here.

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