The aim of Flag Safety Inspections (FSIs) is to enhance the safety standards of Sierra Leonean vessels and decrease the number of deficiencies that may result in the detention of the ship from Port State Control Authorities.
The Flag Safety Inspections (FSIs) apply to all vessels registered with the Sierra Leone Flag.
There are four types of Flag Safety Inspections as follows:
Pre-registration FSI: To be conducted prior to the provisional registration of a vessel under Sierra Leone Flag. This type of inspection is applicable when deemed necessary by the Administration.
Initial FSI: To be conducted within 3 months from the date of provisional registration.
AnnualFSI: To be conducted within the 12-month period from the due date of Annual Taxes / Renewal of Registry.
Special FSI: To be carried out in special cases such as when the vessel has been detained by Port State Control or any other case as deemed necessary (ref. Maritime Circular No.9 & 11).