Ship of Shame: Craig Trans

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Jul 102014

craigtransParis MOU’s Caught in the Net is possibly the nearest thing to a maritime Stephen King story, tales of shipowners who should not be entrusted with  a secondhand rubber duck let alone with responsibility for a ship and the lives of its crew. Such a one is Mr. Gerard Antoine of Vesta Shipping Lines which owned the Bolivian-flagged tug Craig Trans which arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 18 December 2012, with engine and generator problems, during a voyage from the Panama Canal to Montreal, Canada.

When Craig Trans arrived, the pilot noticed that the port anchor was missing. As the master wanted to anchor in Halifax harbour, the pilot asked how much chain was on the Starboard anchor. The Master told him that there was 40 metres of chain, which the pilot believed was not enough for the depth in the anchorage, as the weather forecast was for 50 Knots wind that night. The pilot arranged for a berth at Pier 26.

The crew of Craig Trans then went to the Mission to Seafarers and asked for food, as they had not eaten for three days. The Mission gave them food.
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Ships Of Shame – MV Aspet – No Way Top Treat A Lifeboat

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Jan 132010

image Last summer the almost 30-year old, Georgian-registered MV Aspet limped into the French port of St. Nazaire with flooding in her hold. The shipowner couldn’t be bothered to pay for repairs, which isn’t surprising because the crew hadn’t been paid for months. The ship remains in drydock in detention.

Norton Maritime Corporation owns Aspet, the ship manager is BAF Denizcilik Ve Ticaret Ltd, who share offices in Istanbul. No strangers to detention: In mid-2009 the vessel spent 115 days in detention at Hull following 57 deficiences,  in the UK, just before being detained in St. Nazaire,  four days in Rostov in 2008 for 13 deficiencies and, in 2007, 132 days detention for  23 deficiencies in Thessalonika.

image It’s just as well the ship made it into St. Nazaire because had she been lost at sea it’s doubtful that her crew would have survived the lifeboats, as these photographs, courtesy of the Apostolship Of The Sea and sent to us by Yann Chauty of Ceps-Survie, the French non-profit maritime training association, who saw conditions on the vessel himself.

Says Yann: “I was very surprised by the portside lifeboat” as well he might have been. Continue reading »

SOS – Ships Of Shame

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Aug 282008

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

Sunlight Bey

MV Sunlight-Bey Ex-Warsan(IMO 7619525)

GT: 6,056

Type: Ro-Ro converted to livestock carrier

Flag: Lebanon

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.