Indian-flagged bulker Devprayag has the dubious honour of making three MAC sections – Safety Alert, Accident report, and now a Ship Of Shame in our irregular section on vessels caught by Port State Control Authorities.
One year after the bulk carrier’s
linesman was killed by a failed mooring line, the vessel was targeted by Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) for a port state control inspection. Serious concerns were raised, and the vessel was detained while 29 deficiencies were addressed.
With bits off the ship falling off, that’s hardly surprise.
Even before the MNZ inspection team boarded the vessel, they noted a discharge that looked like oil coming from the aft mooring deck. The crew claimed they had discharged food waste over the aft end of the vessel, and that the residue was cooking oil. However, an inspection showed evidence that the same residue had been lifted out of the steering flat in the engine room, and through a hatch onto the aft deck for disposal. The evidence was passed on to the vessel’s flag state for investigation into what appears to have been a breach of MARPOL convention.
The inspectors also noted that the vessel’s liferafts and lifeboats had been lashed into place – they couldn’t have floated free if the ship had sunk. The crew were required to immediately remove the lashings and ensure the equipment was ready for use.
Two of the brackets holding the lifeboats in place were also found to be significantly corroded and were starting to deform.
Other serious identified: On the aft mooring deck, a grating surrounding one of the winch operating stations had corroded and been repaired with tape before being painted over.
The operating hand wheel for a fire damper also broke off when it was operated – in a fire, the damper would have been useless.
Perhaps most concerning, just 12 months after a person had been killed by a mooring rope failure, three of the vessel’s mooring ropes were found to be deficient and not fit for use.
For MNZ, enough was enough and the inspection was stopped, and the vessel was detained for 6 days while maintenance was carried out.
To put the vessel’s 29 deficiencies into perspective, the average number of deficiencies found during such inspections last year was a little over two. The vessel was released after re-inspection, and was able to complete her cargo loading and depart soon after.
Owner: The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. Mumbai