May 292010
 

image Port State Control detentions are a microcosm of shipowner incompetence, venality and disregard for human life. The four-ship shocker in the latest Maritime & Coastguard Agency announcement of ships under detention in UK ports during April 2010 after failing Port State Control inspection highlights owners who shouldn’t be allowed a bathtubs, let alone a ship.

Riga-based Uniship, for instance, ordered the master to take his vessel, the general cargo ship Taigeta, to sea “ when there was insufficient diesel fuel on board for the voyage and this had resulted in the emergency fire pump being inoperative. In addition, the interim Ship Security Certificate was invalid. Also there was no emergency steering provision independent of the power supply.”

Taigeta had earlier run out of fuel on the UK’s south west coast.

Evidently, Open Window Inc. has also thrown integrity out of the window along with commonsense. Its general cargo vessel Cien Porciento, recorded in Equasis as a bunkering tanker, was detained “because the main fire pump was inoperative and there was no alternative fire pump outside the machinery space. There were insufficient liferafts, the sanitary water system was inoperative and there was no fresh running water to the galley, pantry and shower room. There were no nautical publications and charts were incomplete for the operational area.

“Other deficiencies found were insufficient provisions for the intended voyage and medicines were out of date. In addition the following items were found to be missing,
distress flares, line throwing appliances, lifebuoys, life jackets with lights, immersion suits, satellite EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon), fire extinguishers, and the fire hose nozzle.”

The Open Window website has video of a ship fire on its website here.

Navigation Maritime Bulgare is another member of this alliance of the incompetent. Seafarers obviously were supposed to get off its bulker, Kapitan Georgi Georgiev, in an emergency: “the launching arrangements for survival craft were found to be corroded, seized, distorted or fractured and the embarkation ladder was too short. The number and nature of the deficiencies shows a major failing in the onboard Safety Management System… there was a lack of knowledge and control during fire drills”.

And so it goes on. Here are the details from MCA:

”Latest monthly figures show that there were two new detentions of foreign-flagged ships in UK ports during April 2010 and two vessels under detention from the previous month. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.22%.

”During April, 109 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK. A total of 32 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 65 had between one and five deficiencies, 8 had between six and ten deficiencies, four had between 11 and 20 deficiencies and no vessels inspected had more than 20 deficiencies.

”Out of the detained vessels, none were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, one was registered with a flag state on the grey list, two were registered with a flag states on the black list and one was unlisted.

Vessels detained in April included:

A 16,188 GT bulk carrier was detained in Tyne because a major non conformity was raised in respect of the nature and number of deficiencies identified indicating that the vessel was not being maintained in accordance with the ships SMS, in particular the lifesaving appliances and air pipes and vents.

SHIPS DETAINED IN APRIL 2010
Date & Place of detention 01/04/2010 – FALMOUTH
Vessel Name: TAIGETA (General Cargo)
GT: 2,061
IMO No: 7904516
Flag: Dominica Republic
Company: Uniship
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) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Summary: 5 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Falmouth for 12 days because the company had ordered the Master to sail when there was insufficient diesel fuel on board for the voyage and this had resulted in the emergency fire pump being inoperative. In addition, the interim Ship Security Certificate was invalid.

Also there was no emergency steering provision independent of the power supply.
The vessel was released on 12/04/2010.

Date & Place of detention 19/04/2010 – TYNE
Vessel Name: KAPITAN GEORGI GEORGIEV (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 16,188
IMO No: 7919834
Flag: Bulgaria
Company: Navigation Maritime Bulgare
Classification Society: Bulgarian Registry of Shipping
Recognised Organisation: Bulgarian Registry of Shipping
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Flag
Summary: 15 deficiencies 5 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Tyne for 3 days because the engine room skylight and some air pipes and vents were corroded. Also the launching arrangements for survival craft were found to be corroded, seized, distorted or fractured and the embarkation ladder was too short. The number and nature of the deficiencies shows a major failing in the onboard Safety Management System.

Other deficiencies identified included: inspectors ID not requested on boarding the vessel; upper starboard navigation side light not working; emergency lighting bulbs needed replacing; starboard radar had some interference; some crew were not meeting the hours of rest requirements; steps on the hold aft access ladder were damaged and there were signs of cockroach infestation in the galley. In addition, the auxiliary engine would not start and there was a lack of knowledge and control during fire drills.

The vessel was released on 21/04/2010.

DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS
Date & Place of detention 15/02/2010 – GROVE WHARF, GUNNESS
Vessel Name: WINDLAND (General Cargo)
GT: 2,240
IMO No: 7431715
Flag: St Kitts & Nevis
Company: Sea Dynasty Ltd
Classification Society: International Register of Shipping (IS)
Recognised Organisation: International Register of Shipping (IS)
Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Summary: 21 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Grove Wharf, Gunness for 71 days because the emergency lighting was inoperative in all parts of the vessel; the gyro compass heading information was not being transmitted to the bridge and there were insufficient provisions for the intended voyage. A major non conformity was identified in respect of the number and nature of the deficiencies which indicated failure of SMS.
Other deficiencies identified included: the exhaust manifold piping on the emergency fire pump was defective; several self weighted cocks on sounding pipes in the engine room were seized; the bridge first aid kit included expired items and the medical certificate for the medical stores had expired. In addition the bridge pyrotechnics,(8 out 12 para red rockets) had expired, the water from the showers was being used to flush the toilets as there was no other water supplying them as the sea water pump was inoperative.

The vessel was released on 26/04/2010.

Date & Place of detention 04/03/2010 – LOWESTOFT
Vessel Name: CIEN PORCIENTO (General Cargo)
GT: 106
IMO No: 8944446
Flag: Unregistered
Company: Open Window Inc
Classification Society: Unclassed
Recognised Organisation: Not applicable
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Not applicable
Summary: 30 deficiencies 7 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Lowestoft because the main fire pump was inoperative and there was no alternative fire pump outside the machinery space. There were insufficient liferafts, the sanitary water system was inoperative and there was no fresh running water to the galley, pantry and shower room. There were no nautical publications and charts were incomplete for the operational area.
Other deficiencies found were insufficient provisions for the intended voyage and medicines were out of date. In addition the following items were found to be missing,
distress flares, line throwing appliances, lifebuoys, life jackets with lights, immersion suits, satellite EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon), fire extinguishers, and the fire hose nozzle.
The vessel was still detained at 30/04/2010.

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