Unsafe Ships More Prone To Piracy

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Jun 252011

Ships that score higher numbers of deficiencies for each port state control inspection are less likely to be able to fight off pirates suggests the latest edition of Intercargo’s Benchmarking Bulk Carriers 2010-11. The findings from the fifth annual statistical survey are not surprising: issues such as lack of situational awareness,  inadequate lookouts, lack of use of available information, under-manning  and not following procedures are as much a characteristic of pirate hijackings as they are of maritime accidents.

While ships entered with Intercargo performed better than industry averages, according to a statement by the organisation, there are concerns related to safety. A reverse of industry consolidation means there are now 1536 dry bulk companies compared to 1313 a year previously and The growth of shipping flagged or owned in China means that 50.01 per cent of all dry bulk shipping is now Asian. Greater flag consolidation means that nearly 93% of the fleet is now under just 11 flags.

However, that growth has introduced new players and, says Intercargo: “There is potential for inexperienced companies to adversely impact on safety trends”. Continue reading »

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.

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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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Eire Eyes PSC

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Jun 292010

image Recently criticised by the European Union, Ireland is stiffening its port state control regime. An announcement by its Department of Transport says:

“The port State control regime in Ireland is part of the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU), and its requirements are transposed into EU legislation through Directive 95/21/EC, which is further transposed into Irish law. There are two obligatory reporting requirements under this port State control regime for ships entering Irish ports as follows:

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EU: Ireland May Endanger Maritime Safety

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Jun 042010

imageEire’s failure to comply with the EU directive on port state control “may endanger maritime safety with the risks this implies for the environment” says the European Transport Commission.

In a strongly-worded statement the EU says: “The European Commission has sent today a reasoned opinion to the Irish authorities for failing to properly implement the EU directive on port state control. This directive is a core instrument in the field of maritime safety, aimed at fighting substandard shipping in the European Union. The Republic of Ireland is required to comply with the request within two months, failing which the case may go before the European Court of Justice”.

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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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