Luxembourg is committed to upholding high safety, security, environmental and crew welfare standards
SeaSafe Detention Prevention Program
Partnering with shipowners to proactively ensure regulatory compliance
Luxembourg uses SeaSafe, an advanced vessel screening software, to strengthen regulatory oversight of its fleet and mitigate PSC detention risks, at no extra cost to Owners and Operators. This proactive approach helps ensure Luxembourg-flagged vessels are properly prepared for their upcoming port calls and increases the likelihood of a positive outcome in the event of a PSC inspection.
SeaSafe also promotes Owner and Operator awareness of ongoing PSC Concentrated Inspection Campaigns, new regulatory requirements and recent PSC detention patterns.
SeaSafe’s vessel screening process has contributed to Luxembourg’s improved PSC performance, reducing detention and deficiency rates in Australia, China, Europe and the United States.
How it Works
SeaSafe uses LRIT vessel-positioning data to identify Luxembourg vessels entering designated notification zones linked to the major regional Port State Control MOUs. Upon entry, SeaSafe automatically sends a Pre-Arrival Checklist (PAC) to the vessel’s Designated Person Ashore (DPA) to be completed by the vessel’s crew. PACs detail the most common deficiencies items identified during recent PSC inspections.
SeaSafe’s risk analysis algorithm automatically analyzes the vessel’s data, including the information provided in the PAC, to determine the probability of a PSC boarding at the next port of call. Factors considered in establishing the vessel’s risk profile include ship type, age, inspection history, last flag state inspection as well as the next port of call.
Pro-active regulatory compliance support
Where SeaSafe identifies a high PSC inspection probability at the next port of call, the Luxembourg Maritime Administration initiates contact with the vessel DPA to determine whether any action is required prior to port arrival, including:
- issuing necessary dispensations;
- dispatching a flag state inspector to board the vessel at the next port of call, allowing shipowners to rectify deficiencies and avoid detention;
- preemptive reporting of any identified concerns to Port State authorities.
Owners may also request the attendance of a Flag State Inspector at any time on short notice.
Flag Safety Inspections
The Luxembourg Maritime Administration promotes quality shipping through annual Flag State Inspections (FSIs). FSIs monitor and verify regulatory compliance of Luxembourg vessels with international, European and national rules and regulations.
The FSI program covers all ships registered in the Luxembourg Ship Registry. The inspection scope includes certificate and document control, followed by a systematic sampling of the ship’s general condition, safety management and security systems, work on board, emergency preparedness, pollution prevention measures and crew accommodation.
Global Inspector Network
Luxembourg boasts a network of 400+ flag state inspectors in ports around the world. Inspections can be scheduled at a convenient time and location, significantly mitigating any inspector travel costs.
Request Attendance of a Luxembourg Flag State Inspector
Luxembourg Flag State Inspectors are available on ad hoc basis at shipowners’ request.
The Master must receive a copy of the PSC inspection report from PSC authorities and promptly communicate it to the Luxembourg Administration.
Deficiencies identified in the PSC inspection report must be rectified according to PSC requirements:
- prior to the ship’s departure,
- at the latest, in the next port of call;
- within 14 days; or
- following an additional inspector-requested ISM Code audit.
In case of serious deficiencies, the Port State Control Officer (PSCO) may decide to detain a ship until their rectification. A notice of detention is issued to the Master, the Flag State Administration and the Classification Society. The Master should promptly notify the Luxembourg Administration of the detention. Once satisfied with the corrective actions, the Master can apply to the PSC for re-inspection.
Detentions may be appealed by the Master or Company.
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For urgent PSC issues, please contact the Duty Officer.