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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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.