Jan 262010
 

image Britain’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency, MCA, has announced that eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during December 2009 after failing Port State Control, PSC, inspection. Of 132 PSC inspections only 45 ships had no deficiencies, the rest having a wide range, many of which presented fundamental hazards to seafarers. It is, as usual, a sorry set of examples of the lack of concern aboard and at management level for the safety of seafarers.

Out of the detained vessels, 5 were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, 1 was registered with a flag state on the grey list and 2 were registered with flag states on the black list

Here’s the sorry list:

Date & Place of detention: 11/12/2009 Aberdeen
Vessel Name CHRISTINE Y (General Cargo)
GT: 851
IMO No: 850145
Flag: Bahamas
Company: Armac Marine Management Ltd
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 10 deficiencies 1 ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Aberdeen for 4 days because 1 of the 2 auxiliary engines was inoperable. In addition the port ladder rope had rotted at the securing end; the overboard lights at the life raft stowage positions were seized and could not be rotated; the batteries to torches in the firemans outfits were not as required and the quick closing valve on starboard side of the engine room was disconnected.
The maintenance of the ship and equipment was not according to SMS and the company has been tasked to arrange an additional SMC audit of the ship to address the noted defects and their causes.
The vessel was released on 14/12/2009

Date & Place of detention: 16/12/2009 – Oban
Vessel Name: FINGAL (Other Cargo)
GT: 1,409
IMO No: 8324658
Flag: Netherlands Antilles
Company: Lee Shipping Co
Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 6 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Oban for 16 days because the manning as specified by the safe manning document was not as required; because the Master had been removed from the vessel. In addition the inflatable liferafts were not ready for use also the hull was holed and damaged through a grounding incident. The vessel, which had been detained twice, previously in 2007, was conditionally released from this detention on 31/12/2009 to sail to a dry dock in Greenock via Troon.

Date & Place of detention: 17/12/2009 – Belfast
Vessel Name: MONICA SOFIA (Bulk Carrier)
IMO No: 7634018
Flag: Portugal
Company: Ibaizabal Management Services
Classification Society: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Lloyds Register (LR)
Summary: 22 deficiencies 5 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Belfast for four days because the emergency fire pump needed manual operation to work and various fire flaps were seized and the emergency batteries had insufficient capacity to provide for 6 hours of emergency power, in addition Solas testing of the lifeboat davits was 9 months overdue. A major non conformity was identified with respect to the maintenance of the ship and equipment which did not match the records of maintenance. Other deficiencies identified: were: the fire hydrant was not properly maintained; there was no hot water supply in the galley; some emergency lights were not working and the poop deck ventilator was inoperable.
The vessel was released from detention on 20/12/2009

DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS
Date & Place of detention: 20/11/2009 – Gunness
Vessel Name: BALTIMAR SIRIUS (Other Cargo)
GT 2,854
IMO No:8812930
Flag: Bahamas
Company: Baltimar Ship Management
Classification Society: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Lloyds Register (LR)
Summary: 16 deficiencies 5 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Hull because the main engine air start compressors had insufficient pressure which resulted in manoeuvring problems on arrival into the river Humber, and a major non conformity was identified with regard to the maintenance of the ship and equipment which was not according to SMS. Other deficiencies identified included: the chief officers Bahamian certificate of equivalent competency (CEC) was not on board; the oil record book had not been completed correctly and the engine room tank tops were very oily and there was a temporary repair to the leak on the charge air cooler to the main engine.
The vessel was still detained at 31/12/2009

Date & Place of detention: 26/11/2009 – Southampton
Vessel Name: HANSEATIC SPIRIT (General Cargo)
GT 2,650
IMO No: 9088263
Flag: Antigua & Barbuda
Company: Bremer Lloyd Reederei Gmbh & Co Kg
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Summary: 10 deficiencies 9 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Southampton because the foscle equipment store including the bow thruster space was flooded; no hours of rest had been recorded in November; and previous records of rest for the Master and Chief Officer were found to be false; several hatch cover securing cleats on the starboard side were unsecured and only 1 of the hatch cover wedges was fully operational. Major non conformities were identified in respect of the following areas, maintenance of ship and equipment and resources and personnel.
The vessel was still detained at 31/12/2009

Date & Place of detention: 28/11/2009 – Birkenhead
Vessel Name: ANTIGONI (Oil/Chemical Tanker)
GT: 3,253
IMO No:8013297
Flag: Panama
Company: Soysay Denizcilik Nakiliyat Ticaret
Classification Society: International Register of Shipping (IRS)
Recognised Organisation: International Register of Shipping (IRS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: International Register of Shipping (IRS) Summary: 28 deficiencies 2 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Birkenhead for 17 days because the considerable number of deficiencies indicated that the ship’s maintenance was not according to SMS and the port lifeboat fall wire broke during operation. Other deficiencies included: the lifeboat launching instructions were missing; the starboard lifeboat tricing pennants were worn and slipping during the lowering of the lifeboat; the port & starboard foscle vents were defective; the galley ventilator was not closing; and the galley emergency exit was blocked.
The vessel was released from detention on 14/12/2009.

Date & Place of detention: 28/11/2009 (Glasgow)
Vessel Name: GOLDEN ELPIS (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 27,011
IMO No:9145889
Flag: Malta
Company: Clemko Ship Management SA
Classification Society: Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
Recognised Organisation: Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
Summary: 11 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Glasgow for 5 days because 6 out of 14 inflatable life jackets were defective; also there was no record of service for these jackets. The gas testing equipment for the testing of enclosed space atmosphere was not operational. A major non conformity was identified in respect of the resources and personnel as the crew familiarity was not complete with the following processes; the ships officer could not operate NBDP on GMDSS he was also not familiar with the speed input with the radar ARPA additionally he could not show in SMS the procedures for enclosed space entry. Other deficiencies identified included: the Solas training manual was not ship specific; the voyage charts were found uncorrected and the publication NP 66 West Coast of Scotland pilot was not on board; the fire door in the handling space stair well and galley did not fully close and there was excessive fuel oil in the exhaust of the life boat engine which was leaking into the water leaving a visible oily sheen. The number and nature of deficiencies was not according to SMS.
The vessel was released 02/12/2009

Date & Place of detention: 30/11/2009 – Chatham
Vessel Name: RMS LIBAVA (General Cargo)
IMO No:8324696
Flag: Belize
Company: Clermont Services Sia
Classification Society: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Recognised Organisation: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Summary: 7 deficiencies 1 ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Chatham for 5 days because the vessel was not seaworthy as the fore peak was holed at the starboard anchor. Other deficiencies identified included: the chain locker inspection hatch could not be secured shut; the safety railings were missing on the starboard side of the accommodation house and the bilge pump for the chain locker and forepeak was inoperative.
The vessel was released on 04/12/2009.

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