Paris MOU Bans Three In Two Days

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Jul 252011

Three ships were banned from ParisMOU ports in just two days following multiple detentions.

On 15 July the Tanzanian-flagged M/V Ela, IMO8817813, was banned by Bulgaria. That same day M/V Orion-1, IMO7005683, flagged with Moldova was banned by Greece. On 16 July 2011 the M/V Navaga, IMO8817813, with St. Kitts and Nevis flag was banned by Italy. All three flags are on the Paris MoU “Black List”.

These bring the number of vessels banned from ParisMOU ports to 10 since the beginning of 2011 compared to three in 2010 and seven throughout the whole of 2009.

Most Sky A Turkish Disgrace

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Nov 192010

Most Sky, little warmth

Most Sky, a 1,972 gross tonnes general cargo ship owned by Er-Em Shipping and Trading of Istanbul is not so much a Turkish delight as a Turkish disgrace. So says the Mersey River pilot who conducted her into Birkenhead, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to whom he reported her condition and which has detained her indefinitely, the crew and the International Transport Workers Federation.

The four-year old vessel was previously detained in Setubal, Portugal, for 36 days in 2008.

The pilot expressed concerns not only about the condition of the vessel, but also the fact that nobody on board could communicate in English.

ITF inspector Tommy Molloy is currently representing the interests of the Azerbaijani, Georgian and Turkish crew of the vessel. Molloy had himself been alerted to the condition of the ship through ITF colleagues in Turkey; they also reported that the company had a history of non-payment of wages.

An inspection revealed that there was no fresh fruit, vegetables or bread on board; the shower and toilet facilities were appalling and there was no heating. Crewmembers pooled their limited resources to buy bread from a local shop and put together makeshift heating, for example, by rigging a security light and using an old kebab grill. A maritime solicitor has helped the crew to secure the arrest of the vessel in a bid to win back wages owed to them as well as repatriation costs. There is also a separate claim against the vessel as a result of salt water damage to the steel cargo.

Molloy commented: “The conditions on board this vessel are among the worst we have seen. The crew has to continue living in these appalling conditions while they wait for their wages to be paid and to be repatriated. The vessel is only four years old but it looks about 20. It appears that nothing has been spent on maintenance. It is difficult to guess how long the vessel might remain here, but it won’t leave until all deficiencies have been put right and all claims satisfied.”

Where’s A Fhireosebox When You Need One?

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Jul 072010

imageAnnual reports are rarely sparkling entertainment but do occasional offer hidden treats like this fhireosebox found in the newly-released Paris MOU annual report for 2009.

Fun stuff over, here’s what the Paris MOU has to say about 2009:

“The New Inspection Regime is on the horizon and information is being recorded in view of entry into force on 1 January 2011. Ships will be divided into High, Standard and Low Risk. For the first time company performance will contribute to the risk profile. Banning measures will be extended to all ship types and apply to flags on the “Black List” and “Grey List”. This should have an effect on a large number of general cargo ships that manage to continue trading in the area after multiple detentions. Particularly since detentions in up to the past 36 months (from 17 June 2009) are counted. These ships will no longer be welcome in Paris MoU ports after 2011 and will be “banned” for a minimum period. While low-risk ships will be rewarded with a 24 to 36 month inspection interval, high-risk ships will be subject to a more rigorous inspection regime with an expanded inspection every 6 months.

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May 112010

imageMaritime and Coastguard Surveyors have detained the passenger vessel Prince Albert II in Portsmouth this afternoon. The vessel is a Bahamas registered passenger ship, operated by V.Ships Leisure (Monaco) in Portsmouth.

The vessels provides luxury cruises in some of the world’s harshest and demanding environents in the world.

Richard Pellew, Area Operations Manager, Survey and Inspections, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, said: “The safety aspect of the ship and those who are on board is always our primary concern. The inspection of the Prince Albert II has raised two areas of concern overloading and the recording of hours of rest for senior officers. The MCA has a zero tolerance on crew fatigue, it is of grave concern that senior officers on board are seemingly not getting sufficient rest.

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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.

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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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Ferry Detention – Seafarers Failed ‘Basic Tests’

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Nov 212009

image Cross channel ferry Norman Voyager is to be allowed to sail after several days detention at Portmouth. Maritime and Coastguard inspectors had refused to let her sail after crew failed what was described an a basic test of emergency procedures.

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Oct 192008

Pirates are not the only ones to seize seafarers and hold them for ransom. Egypt is holding a ship’s master as a hostage, threatening up to three years imprisonment unless a rather imaginative assessment of damages caused when the his vessel struck an Egyptian navy ship. BIMCO has released the following details and request::

“A BIMCO member has reported a recent incident and has asked that we make other members aware of the potential risks of the detention of seafarers and inflated claims in certain parts of the world.

Following a collision with an Egyptian navy vessel, a vessel belonging to the above member has been arrested and the Master imprisoned in Port Said.  A claim, which appears to be excessive given the age of the navy vessel in question and which is based on a joint survey in which only the member’s P&I Club representative was allowed to participate, has been presented by the Egyptian navy.  It appears that no charges have been proffered against the Master, but he remains under arrest with no imminent prospect of release.  Reports so far suggest that he may be imprisoned for up to 3 years or more unless the claim is settled.

The unreasonable or unlawful detention of seafarers is an ongoing problem which the shipping industry is striving to address.  BIMCO is currently updating its 2006 Study of recent cases on Criminal Sanctions towards Seafarers to establish how widespread the problem is and to explore the extent of incidents that are not as widely reported in the media as, for instance, the Coral Sea and the Hebei Spirit have been.  If members have any incidents to report, please contact  All responses will be dealt with in confidence if so requested.”