Sector Houston-Galveston Port State Control
Common Deficiency Areas on Liquefied Gas Carriers
This bulletin addresses five common deficiencies that Sector Houston-Galveston Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) find on liquefied gas carriers. In 2018, Sector Houston-Galveston conducted 141 Certificate of Compliance (COC) exams on liquefied gas carriers, seven of which resulted in IMO detentions. This equates to a 5% detention ratio, which well more than doubled the national average for IMO detentions in 2018 (1.5 %). Some combination of the below listed deficiencies were cited in all of the Sector's aforementioned gas carrier detentions. The purpose of this bulletin, therefore, is to share information and prompt owners, operators, and other involved parties to take proactive steps to identify and correct sub-standard safety and environmental stewardship conditions before Coast Guard port state control intervention, including COC removal, cargo cessation and/or detentions, becomes necessary.