Mar 052012

Global Star/Gorgonilla "uninhabitable".

MAC’s scanning of the UK Marine and Coast Agency detentions for January one ship seems a little familiar – the Mongolian registered chemical Global Star which jumped detention, got banned from Paris MOU ports and is now on Alang Beach for scrapping. This was the, then called Gorgonilla  whose crew demanded a port state inspection in Germany which uncovered 40 deficiencies and led to 84  days of detention.

Its crew crew were in such bad condition that doctors declared them unfit for work. After some negotiations involving the port health authority and ITF the entire crew has been repatriated. On 2 February 2010 the ship was towed to a lay-by berth in Bremerhaven, where the managing owner as well as the Flag State has changed. The new owners applied for permission for a single voyage as a “dead ship” in tow to a shipyard in Kaliningrad.

The vessel was then sold. A year later she arrived in Portland, UK, on the way to Alang, because there was a large quantity of oil in the engine room bilges, floor plates also the galley and the accommodation were in an unhygienic state, and in addition the vessel did not implement a safety management system (SMS). Other deficiencies identified included: the service period for the inflatable liferafts had expired; the engine room hatch from main deck port side was not properly secured; one quick closing valve serving the main engine had been disconnected and there were numerous engine floor plates loose and missing. The vessel jumped detention and left port on 14th January 2012 without complying with the conditions determined by the MCA.

Also on the MCA list is Kiribati-flagged Burak N, a general cargo ship owned by  Sanmar Denizcilik VE Tasi Tic Ltd and classed with Italy’s RINA. Some 14 deficiencies with one ground for detention.
Burak N was detained in Southampton for nine days because of the numerous deficiencies that were identified as ISM deficiencies which indicated a significant failure in the implementation of the requirements of the ISM code. Identified deficiencies included: the passage plan was not berth to berth; the stability had not been calculated correctly for preceding voyages; the port forward life raft was not rigged correctly for float free operation; the manropes for two lifebuoys were of incorrect diameter; the engine room alarm system was inoperative; the masters hours of rest was incorrectly recorded and the crew mess window was broken.

The vessel was released on 29 January 2012.

January was not a good month for Kiribati-flagged vessels: Vessel name: – Pegasus, owned by Tristar Management Ltd. and classed with Bureau Veritas had 17 deficiencies and four grounds for detention.

The vessel was detained in Falmouth for 13 days because, the louvres for the engine room funnel and fire dampers had broken linkages and could not be closed properly; the fire drill showed lack of training and knowledge; the launching arrangements for the rescue boats was not as required and the deficiencies identified marked ISM are evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code. In addition there were many areas of the ship that were dirty with garbage, dirt and soot accumulations; the cold room had a corroded seal and there was meat stored uncovered; the engine room workshop structural fire protection was inadequate; there were oil drums containing oil above the emergency generator space which were a fire and pollution hazard and the engine room hatches closing appliances were not fully operable.

The vessel was still detained at 31 January 2012
Cargo Barge Wadestone, flagged in Sierra Leone,  scored nine deficiencies, seven of them grounds for detention.

She was detained in Marchwood because the vessel had suffered serious hull damage resulting in the flooding of the forepeak tank space; the vessel had no valid certification on board from the flag state; there was no load certificate on board or approved stability book from the flag state. Other deficiencies were one crewman had no endorsement for equivalency on his certificate of competency; the master had no valid certification for the type of craft and the vessel had no passage plan.

The vessel was still detained at 31 January 2012.

Panama-flagged general cargo ship Westwind II, owned by Reederei Karl-Heinz, classed with Turku Lloyd (TL)managed 16 deficiencies, all grounds for detention. In May 2011 she was detained for 45 days in France with 36 deficiencies and, before that, underwent 57 days detention in Durban, South Africa, with 21 deficiences.

The vessel was detained in Portland because it did not have valid certificates on board; the main engine did not have guards around moving parts; some fire fighting equipment had corroded wires securing the fittings; lifeboat boarding ladder ropes were rotted and unsafe; identified deficiencies were objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.

The vessel was still detained at 31 January 2012.

Three other vessels are under detention from the previous year: Most Sky , Dyckburg and Cien Porciento.


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