MCA Reels In A Sorry Eightsome

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Mar 142010

Eight non-UK flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during February 2010 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection says the UK’s The Maritime & Coastguard Agency, MCA. Monthly figures show that there were 4 new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during February 2010 and 4 vessels under detention from the previous month. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3% this is slightly down from January’s twelve month rate.

Among the detentions is the notorious Baltiyskiy of rag-in-a-crack fame.

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MCA Cracks The Whip On Fatigue

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Mar 032010

imageBeware the UK MCA if you’re cheating on rest requirements. Putting a shot across the bows of shipping companies it warns: “Action will be taken if they are found to be flouting hours of rest requirements”.

Last year the Marine Accident Investigation Branch forcefully expressed its disappointment at the industry’s lack of commitment to resolving fatigue issues and demanded that the UK ‘go it alone’ because no-one else in Europe seemed much concerned. Continue reading »

Ships Of Shame X 10

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Dec 272009

imageNine new detentions in November, and one carried over from October, show just how little certain shipowners, some flag states, and others who should know better, care about the lives of the seafarers on their vessels and even the vessels themselves. These detentions were not matters of minor paperwork not being in order, they were matters that should not have happened and which, if not rectified, put every seafarer on them at risk.

Firefighting equipment unusable and seafarers not adequately trained, equipment for confined space entry unusable and seafarers not adequately trained, the sorry, shameful list goes on.

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Maritime Safety News Today – 21st March 2008

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Mar 212008

Turkish and Greek Ships Collide

A Turkish sailor has died and five others are missing after two ships collided in the Aegean Sea near the Greek island of Hydra.

Seven Foreign Ships Under Detention in the UK During January

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announces that 5 foreign ships were under detention in UK ports during January 2008 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

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all vessels by the end of the year and has increased training and safety regulations in an effort to avoid the circumstances that led to the sinking of 


Ice Prince Video

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Jan 152008

The Ice Prince, which weighs 6,395 tonnes and is 328ft (100m) in length” says the BBC, which really ought to know better.  The Ice Prince ran into trouble when it started rolling in a storm and it’s cargo of timber shifted, clearly visible in video of the rescue, check out the BBC report here.

Reuters also gets it wrong in this video report on the New Zealand Herald site.

Credit to the RNLI which gives the following report:

Cargo ship crew rescued


Image of Ice PrinceTorbay and Salcombe lifeboat crews are relieved to be back on dry land after rescuing eight crewmen from the stricken cargo ship Ice Prince.

The two stations’ all-weather lifeboats pushed through rough seas for hours to reach the vessel, 35 miles south east of Berry Head, after the master decided it was too dangerous for anyone to stay onboard. The vessel was listing and rolling in heavy seas, which caused its cargo to shift, endangering those onboard.

For each of the eight crew rescued from the 6,395-tonne Greek-registered vessel, the crew of the RNLI’s Torbay 17m lifeboat had to make five or six attempts to get alongside. Coxswain Mark Criddle says: ‘Getting people off ships at sea is never straightforward but despite the sea conditions last night we managed to rescue the remaining eight crew after their fellow crew members had earlier been airlifted to safety by Coastguard helicopter.

‘During the transfer, one of crewmen from the Ice Prince slid down the listing deck into an area of the ship that was covered in sea water. Luckily, he was able to get himself out. Two others got into difficulty while being transferred, but they were being held onto by lifeboat crew and so were quickly brought into the safety of the lifeboat.

‘These situations can deteriorate dramatically and rapidly, so it was good to know fellow RNLI lifeboat crew from Salcombe were close by on their all-weather lifeboat as back up.’

The lifeboats were asked to launch by the Coastguard at around 7.30pm on Sunday. They arrived on scene at around 9.30pm and were back on station at around 1am yesterday. The Torbay lifeboat has sustained some minor damage, but remains operational.

Winds at the time were gusting to force 8, and there was a 5m swell. The Ice Prince sank at 12.45am today in very rough weather.”

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Here’s the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency Report:


At a quarter to one this morning, the general cargo vessel `Ice Prince sank in very rough weather approximately 26 miles south south east of the Portland Bill (50 09.9N 002 02.08W).

She had been monitored throughout the evening and night by the French Coastguard tug Abeille Liberté and a further JP Knights tug, the `Anglian Earl. Salvors are aboard both tugs. Portland Coastguard along with their French Coastguard colleagues in Cross Corsen are warning other approaching shipping of the hazards in the area, particularly in the south west bound lane of the Casquets traffic separation scheme.

Just before she sank, the crew of the Abeille Liberté reported that further deck cargo had been lost to the sea and that the angle of the list had increased but that visibility is very poor at present in very rough weather. The tug is remaining on scene to act as a guard ship to the wreck.

The Ice Prince, which is more than 328ft (100m) long and weighs 6,395 tons, sent out an emergency call at 7pm yesterday after getting into difficulties..The vessels stern is now on the bottom and the bow is above the water.

An MCA counter pollution aerial surveillance aircraft will be making an over flight at first light this morning to see the extent of the debris on the surface of the water from the 5258 metric tons of sawn timber which the vessel carried. Over 2000 tons were being carried on the deck.

The vessel also carries amongst other lubricating oils in the engine spaces some estimated 313 metric tons of intermediate fuel oil. The Agency’s counter pollution team will also be urgently reviewing contingency plans at first light, and bringing forward any counter pollution stockpiles that may be needed to help disperse any oil that surfaces, if any are released from her bunkers. Wave energy in such very rough seas may also help disperse such released oil.

Police forces and local authorities in both Devon and Dorset have also been made aware of the sinking although any impact on the shoreline may be some days away given the distance of the foundering from the coast.”