Ten Reasons the Merchant Marine is Failing


Port State Control is done by the Port State, not the Flag State, thus any PSC on an American flag vessel is done by a foreign entity in a foreign port:

When USCG inspect a US flag vessel in a US port or anywhere, it is as the Flag State Authority.
Here is the definition of Flag State Control as issued by MPA Singapore:

And the difference of the two in terms of ILO’s MLC’06 , which USA is not a signatory to, but have to comply with when US ships visit foreign port:

Here is a list of the Classification Societies that is approved by USCG to perform inspections on their behalf and which inspections they are approved for: