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New Inspection Regime (NIR) & Ship Risk Profile (SRP) Calculator

The New Inspection Regime (NIR) was adopted by the Paris Memorandum of Understanding at its Committee meeting held in Reykjavik, Iceland (May 2009). The NIR was developed by a task force led by the EC. The factual leadership of this task force was delegated to EMSA. The NIR is also the main element of the Port State Control Directive 2009/16/EC which has been published in the Official Journal of 28/05/09.

With the introduction of the NIR, the 25% quota for inspections to be performed by each individual Member State was abandoned. As an alternative, a 'fair share' scheme was developed. The fair share scheme takes account of individual ship calls in a Member State versus the individual ship calls of all Member States. The Port call information must be provided by the Member States through SafeSeaNet, and will then be transferred to the information system for Port State Control. The new database for Port State Control, named THETIS, replaced the former system (SIReNaC), and is managed, hosted and operated by EMSA.

The targeting of ships is based on a “Ship Risk Profile” (SRP). The SRP Calculator can be used to evaluate if a ship will be considered as High Risk Ship (HRS), Standard Risk Ship (SRS) or Low Risk Ships (LRS). An element which helps to categorise a ship is the inclusion of the performance of the ISM Company. Companies are, as the flag and recognised organisation, ranked. This ranking is done in four distinct grades: “above average”, “average”, “low” and “very low”. The Company Performance (CP) Calculator takes historical events such as detentions, deficiencies and good inspections of the complete fleet of that company into account. THETIS automatically re-calculates the SRP on a daily basis, taking the latest inspection information into account.

  • LRS are rewarded and not subjected to an inspection within the 24 months following the last inspection, with a maximum inspection-free timespan of 36 months.
  • SRS are subjected to an inspection interval of between 10 and 12 months.
  • HRS face the more stringent inspection interval which is every 6 months. The inspection on a HRS will be an in-depth, so-called “expanded inspection”. These expanded inspections include risk items which will be inspected every time.

THETIS serves as a platform to guide the inspectors through this more complicated targeting procedure, and as a central archive for storing inspection results allowing a comprehensive overview of all inspected vessels.