Introducing a new monthly feature: Ships Of Shame. The title is self-explanatory: vessels that put the maritime industry to shame. In moist cases the photographs were taken following the vessel’s detention following a Port State Control inspection.
This month’s example comes from the Paris MOU’s excellent, and worrying, “Caught In The Net” gallery, highlighting particulary notably bad examples. Caught In The Net can be found here
MV Sunlight-Bey Ex-Warsan(IMO 7619525)
Type: Ro-Ro converted to livestock carrier
Class: International Naval Surveys Bureau (INSB)
Detained: Canary Islands, Spain
Total Deficiencies: 25
Detainable Deficiences: 6
Corrosion through the ship affecting deckplate and pipes
Firefighting equipment equipment missing or in poor state, leaks in fire main and hoses
Poor maintenance of LSA launch equipment, note the poor state of the winch. Given the state of this equipment it is unlikely that lifeboat drills were being conducted as required.,
Engine room dangerous due to very oily condition. Oil filter not working
Crew accomodation poor and unsanitary. Note blockage of what is the access to the port lifeboat muster station. If this is the state of the crew accomodation, imagine how the livestock must be treated.
On June 12th 2008, after 16 days of detention and having carried out temporary repairs, the ship was allowed to proceed to a repair shipyard in Constanta (Romania) for permanent repairs. It failed to call at the repair yard and is now banned from ports covered by the Paris MOU.
Possible scenario; Engine room fire started by spontaneous combustion of oily rags. Crew unable to fight fire effectively, fire spreads. Some crew trapped in accommodation block, fatalities due to smoke inhalation. Abandon ship ordered, crew attempt but fail to launch lifeboats and other LSAs fail necessitating direct entry into water. Loss of vessel and lives.