This months Ship Of Shame comes from Silvertown in the UK where port state inspectors detained the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged bulker Christine O for 13 days to fix 41 deficiencies. That may not be a record but nothing to be proud of as the following photographs, courtesy of the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency demonstrate.
The ship manager is Bernhard Schulte of Hamburg, Germany, with the shorten URL BS Shipmanagement, which acquired the 1996-built vessel in 2007. It is also the responsible for the ship’s ISM.
One may wish to ponder the shortened company name while reading this extract from the firm’s website: ”…our target is quite simply to keep your vessels operating at peak productivity with an absolute minimum of downtime – while ensuring that stringent safety, environmental and health standards are constantly fulfilled under the strictest control…”
Ah, health standards:
Obviously, working and living conditions designed to attracted the finest seafarers. No expense spared, here’s the crew’s indoor exercise pool:
“We have a full-time Quality Assurance group within our organization that monitors every aspect of our operations on a daily basis, both within our office and onboard our vessels, to ensure that every activity is handled in accordance with our corporate commitment to total quality management.” says BS Shipmanagement, “Continuous monitoring of safety and quality standards is achieved by monitoring our adherence to safe working practices on board and ashore – every single day.”
I’m sure we’re all grateful for that, aren’t we? Remember the name: BS Shipmanagement.