AUSTRALIA – Capesize PSC Analytics (2015-2019)

Australia is an area with high rate of dry cargo trading conducted by Capesize bulk carriers. Capesize are large-sized bulk carriers typically above 150,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT).
The name is due to reason that such ships cannot pass the Panama Canal and the way from Atlantic to Indian & Pacific is conducted via the Cape of Good Hope. Capesize ships are commonly used in transportation of coal, iron one and commodity raw materials.

Inspections data – Capesize (2015-2019)
Age group analytics
Age group share in PSC results
Deficiencies per inspection (DPI)
Detention rate (DER)


Most challenging capesize ports
Top 10 PSC detainable deficiency areas
Summary overview
  1. Australia’s ports that can host Capesize ships are more challenging (deficiencies & detentions) compared to rest of the world.
  2. The majority of inspections has been conducted to relatively young ships (below the age of 10 years).
  3. Operators are systematically avoiding to send ships aged above 20 years to Australia.
  4. Almost 60% of inspections are ending with at least one deficiency.
  5. ISM Code is the most common reason for detention. This is indicative of the depth and focus that AMSA follows during inspections. All deficiencies can be related to ISM Code implementation onboard, so the detention considered to be more serious when a breach to ISM Code is marked.

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