Dec 222010
 

image Amongst the abuse seafarers have to undergo from incompetent shipowners is, of course, an abominable lack of concern for their safety. As Christmas dawns, give a thought to folk who had to undergo the privations evident in nearly every one of the six vesels detained by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency in November.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency, MCA, says that six foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2010 after failing Port State Control, PSC, inspection.

Latest monthly figures show that there were three new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during November 2010 and three vessels under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 2.88% this is slightly down from October’s 12 month rate.

During November 150 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK. A total of 66 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 65 had between one and five deficiencies, 16 had between six and ten deficiencies, three had between 11 and 20 deficiencies. No vessels that had more than 20 deficiencies.

Out of the detained vessels three were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, one was registered with a flag state on the grey list. No vessels were registered with flag states on the black list and two were unregistered.

SHIPS DETAINED IN NOVEMBER 2010
Date & Place of detention: 02/11/2010 Birkenhead
Vessel Name: H SARIAHMETOGLU General Cargo
GT: 2,901
IMO No:9100164
Flag: Malta
Company: Ufuk Deniz Gemicilik Ticaret Ltd
Classification Society: Class NK
Recognised Organisation: Class NK
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Class NK
Summary: 12 deficiencies 2 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Birkenhead for 4 days with 2 major non conformities: the fire drill was not according to SMS and the crew in the engine room were unable to communicate effectively with the deck crew in the working language of the ship.
Other deficiencies identified included: the hours of rest had been incorrectly recorded for the bridge watch – keepers; the emergency escape from the engine room was obstructed with steel pipes; fire doors were held open with hold backs; the charts were not corrected up to date and officers and crew were not wearing appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE).
The vessel was released on 05/11/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 08/11/2010 Birkenhead
Vessel Name: MOST SKY General Cargo
GT: 1,972
IMO No:9389370
Flag: Panama
Company: ER Em Denizcilik
Classification Society: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Summary: 12 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Birkenhead because the engine room was very dirty, there were fuel oil leaks and a major non conformity was identified with respect to the lack of maintenance of the ship and equipment.
Other deficiencies identified included: the crew/officers records of rest were not signed; the crew accommodation was no longer provided with steam heating; the galley needed cleaning; there was insufficient fruit and vegetables on board; the crew showers and toilets were dirty and the shower curtains missing and the laundry washing facilities were inadequate. In addition the lifejacket lights were out of date; the aft deck was slippery underneath the deck generator and several fire doors were tied open.
The vessel was still detained at 30/11/2010

Date & Place of detention 29/11/2010 Portland
Vessel Name: SARA Oil Tanker
GT: 4,156
IMO No:8814861
Flag: Malta
Company: Aegean Bunkering Services Inc
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM Lloyds List (LR)
Summary: 11 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Portland because the fire drill showed a lack of training and was not to an acceptable standard. The number and nature of the deficiencies identified was indicative of a failing of the SMS. Deficiencies identified included: the rescue boat drill was not up to standard; 2 inflatable life jackets were not ready for use as they were outside their service time; gas cylinders had been stored on the aft deck instead of a suitable area; the crew were not familiar with the stability and book limitations they were also unfamiliar with the CO² system.
The vessel was still detained at 30/11/2010.

DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS
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 30/11/2010

Date & Place of detention 12/10/2010 Penzance
Vessel Name: MY LADY NORMA 1
GT: 902
IMO: No:6523602
Flag:Kiribati
Company: Silvership Maritime Group
Classification Society: Not Classed
Summary: 1 deficiency, 1 ground for detention.
The vessel was detained in Penzance because the statutory certificates were not available on board ship.
The vessel was still detained at 30/11/2010

Date & Place of detention: 28/10/2010 Portsmouth
Vessel Name: ELSEBETH (Refrigerated Cargo)
GT: 10,519
IMO No:9175901
Flag: Liberia
Company: Triton Schiffahrts Gmbh
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM Lloyds Register (LR)
Summary: 12 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Portsmouth because the ship was dangerously unsafe as the engine room bilge wells were full of thick black oil and other parts of the engine room were also covered in oil; the engine room bilge alarm system was in a permanent alarm mode, also the main engine cooler discharge pipe was holed.

Other deficiencies identified: included: both the fire doors of the reefer machinery space did not close properly; the radio log was not as required in respect of recording that MH/HF test calls had been carried out; several small engine room floor plates were missing and lagging was missing on several steam and fuel pipes, valves and filters.
The vessel was still detained at 30/11/2010

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  One Response to “More Sorry Ships of Shame from the MCA”

  1. don’t know what to say,, NOT ENOUGH FOOD! no distress flares..
    Yes out of 5 may be 2 Port State Officers do go overboard with their checks, but with such a state of affairs
    still present, they are right to do that and most important the system in which they operate under aegis of
    IMO conventions do save lives indirectly such as these seamen.

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