Sep 162010

image Inspectors from the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch, MAIB, boarded the Singapore-registered bulker Alam Pintar in Hamburg they discovered a crime: The master had tampered with ship’s documents and the voyage data recorder to conceal evidence that not only had the vessel collided with, and sunk, the fishing vessel Etoile des Ondes with the loss of a life, but had ignored obligations to those in distress. Crewmember testimony of events ‘conflicted’ with AIS and radar recordings from other sources.

Any decision to prosecute will be up to Singapore, the Alam Pintar’s flag state.

The newly-released MAIB report raises a number of issues of frustration and concern.

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Eight Detained By MCA

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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:

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