The Port State Control Branch (PSC) is charged with eliminating substandard vessels from U.S. waters. The PSC Branch screens all inbound and
transiting Foreign Flagged and Domestic vessels daily to ensure compliance with all applicable international and domestic laws and regulations.
The international regulations originate with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) which is a branch of the United Nations. The tragic
loss of life with the sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912 spawned the first International Safety of Life at Sea - SOLAS - convention, which is
perhaps the single most important treaty addressing maritime safety today.
Port State Control Branch Chief: (907) 428-4171
Port State Control/Foreign Vessel Inspection: (907) 428-4171 or SectorAnchorageArrivals@uscg.mil
Polar Code - Policy Letter 16-06
MSIB 01-15 NTVRP Enforcement Standards Change
MSIB 01-12 Application Requirements for Alternative Planning Criteria (APC) for Tank Vessels Operating in the Captain of the Port, Western Alaska Zone
Western Alaska Tank Vessel FAQ
Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan Federal Register
MSIB 38-13 Clarification of Implementation Date and Notice of Arrival Requirements for Nontank Vessel Response Plan Final Rule