Britain’s Maritime Maritime & Coastguard Agency, MCA, has issued its September list of ten detained ships. It would appear that a drunk master was not the biggest threat to seafarers aboard the Singapore-registered chemical tanker Nord Fast.
It is the usual depressing account of shameful ships on which the lives of seafarers appear to be of little value.
Nord Fast, managed by Executive Ship Management Pte Ltd, was detained in Fawley Southampton for two days because the port lifeboat could not be launched as the winch was seized; in addition the LRIT conformance report was not on board.
Other deficiencies identified included: several life jackets were in a poor condition; the first aid kits were depleted; various fire doors were not closing when tested; a crew member working on deck dealing with the transfer of lubricating oil was not wearing personal protection equipment and suitable footwear; an able seaman was working on the outboard side of a lifeboat without wearing a harness, he also did not have a permit to work; the Port State Control Officer, PSCO, was not asked for identification when boarding the vessel, and the master who had had insufficient rest was requested to get 24 hrs rest before the ship sailed. The maintenance of the ship and equipment was not according to the SMS.
Clydenes, a general cargo managed by AJ Ship Management GmbH situated in Leer, Germany, a technical and crew management office with around 15 personnel managing Jebsen-controlled vessels and a number of third-party vessels, was because the oily water separator was inoperative.
The engine room posed a serious fire risk due to an uncontrolled spillage of fuel oil; it had overflowed from the upper and lower savealls and had spread over the engine room tank tops and platforms. Major non conformities were identified because the engine room staff lacked familiarity with the machinery operation and engine room systems and the resources and personnel were not according to the SMS. Other deficiencies identified included: the chief engineer was not familiar with the operation of the oily water separator and associated piping system; the galley fire detector wiring was exposed due to the cover missing; the starboard side life raft was not connected properly to the HRU; the maintenance of the ship and equipment was not according to the SMS.
Finja, a Cook Island-registered general cargo ship was detained for four days because the deficiencies identified at the last port state inspection on 20/07/2010 had not been rectified, namely expired pilot books, the passage plan had not been completed berth to berth; the flag state endorsement for the master was missing and the cargo securing manual was not on board, and this had been a condition imposed by class on 19/07/2010.
In light of this a major non conformity was raised with respect to the maintenance of the ship and equipment which was not according to the SMS. Other deficiencies identified included: the seawater sanitary pipe in the officers mess was corroded through and the CO² room lights did not work.
Bulk carrier Buse Stevns, Jamaica-flagged, had 24 deficiencies and five grounds for detention. The vessel was detained in Flixborough because of the number and nature of the deficiencies identified which was indicative of a failure in the SMS a major non conformity was raised against the vessel.
The deficiencies included: a lookout was not maintained during the hours of darkness; some weighted cocks in the engine room had handles missing; the galley hot plate was not secured and storm rails were inadequate; the compass was not adequately secured to the base and the compass glass was dirty inside; in addition the compass error book had not been updated since June 2010; the bridge window wipers and clear view screen were inoperative and the ships whistle defective. The vessel is owned by THH ShipInvest IV ApS of Denmark and operated by Ferodi Shipping Ltd
There were 9 new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during September 2010 and 1 vessel under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.5% this is slightly down from Augusts twelve month rate.
Grande America, a ro-ro cargo vessel flagged in Italy was detained 35 deficiencies abnd five grounds for detention and detained in Tilbury for 10 days. It was suspected that oil had been discharged into the River Thames from the port fuel tank and the starboard side discharge pipe. A major non conformity was identified in respect of the maintenance of the ship and equipment which was not according to the SMS.
Other deficiencies found included: the hand rails in the main engine room were broken; the oil tank sight glasses were gagged open and there were fuel/oil leaks from the main engine camshaft.
The vessel was released on 29/09/2010.
Norwegian cargo vessel Ronja Pioneer, managed by Solvtrans Management As had eight deficiencies, two grounds for detention: There was no international load line certificate or bunker oil pollution certificate available on board. Other deficiencies identified: were the gangway net was not rigged and there was no suitable gangway net available; no entries had been made with regard to oily waste/oily bilge in addition there had been no proper handover of ships papers to the incoming master during the crew change on 22 October 2010;
Representing the Bahamas is Kommandor Jack, a research vessel run by Hays Ships Ltd. with a major failure of the SMS. Hays promotes Kommander Jack as “an ideal survey platform for a wide range of tasks”. Safety doesn’t seem very prominent: false records of rest; the port lifeboat forward fall wire support was corroded through; the lifeboat embarkation ladder side rope was rotten and the port lifeboat engine would not start. In addition some ventilators on the man deck were incapable of being made watertight; the engine room skylight casing was corroded through and the fire main fixed connection was incorrectly fitted as the hose led to ship side valve.
Losinjska Providba is another company for whom seafarers have, apparently, little value. The company’s bulk carrier Katarina, flagged in Malta, have a deadly set of lifeboat equipment aboard. Among 24 deficiencies, of which four were ground for detention: lifeboat davit sheaves were seized and the sheave mounting brackets severely corroded. Major non conformities were identified in relation to the maintenance of the ship and equipment and emergency preparedness especially in relation to the maintenance of the lifeboat davits and ballast tanks and the fire drill, which showed lack of emergency preparedness, were not according to the SMS.
Other deficiencies identified included: the records of rest had not been maintained correctly; the engine room table of working hours was missing; there were no records showing that 10 new crew had received basic safety training. In addition there was no sanitary water supplied to some of the cabins and there were no fresh vegetables on board.
From the land of gnome, secret bank accounts and Toblerone comes the Swiss-flagged bulk carrier Martigny, which certainly did not tick like a Swiss watch: major non conformities were identified with regard to the emergency preparedness and the maintenance of ship and equipment which were not according to the SMS. The fire drill showed a lack of preparedness by the officers and the crew, and the maintenance of equipment on board was inadequate. Other deficiencies identified included: the Automatic Identification System, AIS, was not transmitting heading information; the magnetic compass had an unnecessary magnetic clip attached to the gimble ring; the spare magnetic compass was not on board; the old batteries for the GMDSS needed to be removed and the navigation light panel has an alarm when a test is run which indicated a fault with the forward mast light. In addition the bridge man over board lifebuoy quick release was not working correctly and one lifeboat was not ready for use.
And finally, Cien Porciento, the unflagged, unclassed general cargo ship operated by Open Window Inc. First detained 04/03/2010, she’s still being held for 30 deficiencies with seven grounds for detention: 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 30/09/2010.
Open Windows is now trying to sell Cien Porciento for $500,000.
During the month of September178 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK. A total of 65 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 81 had between one and five deficiencies, 17 had between six and ten deficiencies, 11 had between eleven and twenty deficiencies and 4 vessels had more than twenty deficiencies.
Out of the detained vessels 8 were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, 1 was registered with a flag state on the grey list none were registered with flag states on the black list and 1 was unregistered.
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