Port State Control is the inspection of foreign ships in national ports to verify that the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international regulations (SOLAS, MARPOL, STCW and MLC) and that the ship is manned and operated in compliance with these rules.

The Port State Control inspections in Spain are intensified this season to include most yachts over 24 m. The inspections are non-aggressive, and as the Port State Control is complementary to the Flag State Control, it generally means that when the yacht is in class, it almost automatically complies with the Port State Control requirements. Malta flagged vessels may be scrutinized more closely, as their classification requirements differ from other Port States.

Due to a good, long-established relationship with the local Port State Control inspectors, Network Marine Consultants can offer support to yachts facing an inspection, and also help yachts in advance with compliance requirements in preparation for a future inspection.