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Maritime And Coastguard Agency: 8 foreign ships under detention in the UK during December

News   •   Jan 25, 2010 11:38 GMT

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 8 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during December 2009 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

Latest monthly figures show that there were 3 new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during December 2009 and 5 vessels under detention from the previous month. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.13% this is slightly up from Novembers’ twelve month rate.

During the month of December, 132 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK. A total of 45 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 64 had between one and five deficiencies, 21 had between six and ten deficiencies, 2 had between eleven and twenty deficiencies and there were no vessels inspected that had more than 20 deficiencies.
Out of the detained vessels, 5 were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, 1 was registered with a flag state on the grey list and 2 were registered with flag states on the black list.

1.In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson's Inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping and in compliance with the EU Directive on Port State Control (95/21/EC as amended), the Maritime and Coastguard agency (MCA) publishes full details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.

2. Inspections of foreign flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by surveyors from the MCA. Where a ship is found to be deficient or lacks the required documentation, MCA surveyors can take a range of actions leading to detention in serious cases. The UK is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as SIReNaC. This allows the ships of flags with poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.

3. Detained ships have to satisfy surveyors that remedial work has been carried out before they are allowed to leave port.

4. When applicable the list includes those passenger craft prevented from operating under the provisions of the EU Directive on Mandatory Surveys for the safe operation of regular Ro-Ro ferry and high speed passenger craft services (1999/35/EU).

Notes on the list of detentions

*    Full details of the ship

*     The accompanying detention list shows ship’s name, the flag state and the ship’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) number which is unchanging throughout the ship’s life and uniquely identifies it.

*     Company

*     The company shown in the vessel’s Safety Management Certificate or the party otherwise believed to be responsible for the safety of the ship at the time of inspection.

*     Classification Society

*     The list shows the Classification Society responsible for classing the ship and not necessarily the party issuing and/or carrying out surveys for certificates relevant to the defect found.

*     Recognised Organisation

*     The "organisation" - responsible for conducting the statutory surveys: and issuing statutory certificates, (on behalf of the Flag State).

*     Defects

*     The list gives a summary of the main grounds for detention and includes information where the ship has been released to sail to another port for repairs.

Vessels detained in December included:

A 1,409 Gt Other Cargo Vessel was detained in Oban because the master had been removed from the vessel therefore the manning was not as specified by the safe manning document. The hull had been holed and damaged and was not seaworthy and the inflatable liferafts were not ready for use. This vessel had been previously detained twice during 2007.

SHIPS DETAINED IN DECEMBER 2009

Date & Place of detention: 11/12/2009 Aberdeen
Vessel Name CHRISTINE Y (General Cargo)
GT: 851
IMO No: 850145   
Flag:  Bahamas
Company: Armac Marine Management Ltd
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 10 deficiencies 1 ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Aberdeen for 4 days because 1 of the 2 auxiliary engines was inoperable. In addition the port ladder rope had rotted at the securing end; the overboard lights at the life raft stowage positions were seized and could not be rotated; the batteries to torches in the fireman’s’ outfits were not as required and the quick closing valve on starboard side of the engine room was disconnected.

The maintenance of the ship and equipment was not according to SMS and the company has been tasked to arrange an additional SMC audit of the ship to address the noted defects and their causes.
The vessel was released on 14/12/2009

Date & Place of detention: 16/12/2009 – Oban
Vessel Name: FINGAL (Other Cargo)
GT: 1,409
IMO No: 8324658   
Flag: Netherlands Antilles
Company: Lee Shipping Co
Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 6 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Oban for 16 days because the manning as specified by the safe manning document was not as required; because the Master had been removed from the vessel. In addition the inflatable liferafts were not ready for use also the hull was holed and damaged through a grounding incident. The vessel, which had been detained twice, previously in 2007, was conditionally released from this detention on 31/12/2009 to sail to a dry dock in Greenock via Troon.

Date & Place of detention: 17/12/2009 – Belfast
Vessel Name: MONICA SOFIA (Bulk Carrier)
IMO No: 7634018   
Flag: Portugal
Company: Ibaizabal Management Services 
Classification Society: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Lloyds Register (LR)
Summary: 22 deficiencies 5 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Belfast for 4 days because the emergency fire pump needed manual operation to work and various fire flaps were seized and the emergency batteries had insufficient capacity to provide for 6 hours of emergency power, in addition Solas testing of the lifeboat davits was 9 months overdue. A major non conformity was identified with respect to the maintenance of the ship and equipment which did not match the records of maintenance. Other deficiencies identified: were: the fire hydrant was not properly maintained; there was no hot water supply in the galley; some emergency lights were not working and the poop deck ventilator was inoperable.

The vessel was released from detention on 20/12/2009

DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTH

Date & Place of detention: 20/11/2009 – Gunness
Vessel Name: BALTIMAR SIRIUS (Other Cargo)
GT 2,854
IMO No:8812930   
Flag:  Bahamas
Company: Baltimar Ship Management
Classification Society: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Lloyds Register (LR)
Summary: 16 deficiencies 5 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Hull because the main engine air start compressors had insufficient pressure which resulted in manoeuvring problems on arrival into the river Humber, and a major non conformity was identified with regard to the maintenance of the ship and equipment which was not according to SMS. Other deficiencies identified included: the chief officers’ Bahamian certificate of equivalent competency (CEC) was not on board; the oil record book had not been completed correctly and the engine room tank tops were very oily and there was a temporary repair to the leak on the charge air cooler to the main engine.
The vessel was still detained at 31/12/2009

Date & Place of detention: 26/11/2009 – Southampton
Vessel Name: HANSEATIC SPIRIT (General Cargo)
GT 2,650
IMO No: 9088263   
Flag:  Antigua & Barbuda
Company: Bremer Lloyd Reederei Gmbh & Co Kg
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Summary: 10 deficiencies 9 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Southampton because the foscle equipment store including the bow thruster space was flooded; no hours of rest had been recorded in November; and previous records of rest for the Master and Chief Officer were found to be false; several hatch cover securing cleats on the starboard side were unsecured and only 1 of the hatch cover wedges was fully operational. Major non conformities were identified in respect of the following areas, maintenance of ship and equipment and resources and personnel.

The vessel was still detained at 31/12/2009

Date & Place of detention: 28/11/2009 – Birkenhead
Vessel Name: ANTIGONI (Oil/Chemical Tanker)
GT: 3,253
IMO No:8013297   
Flag:  Panama
Company: Soysay Denizcilik Nakiliyat Ticaret
Classification Society: International Register of Shipping (IRS)
Recognised Organisation: International Register of Shipping (IRS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: International Register of Shipping (IRS) Summary: 28 deficiencies 2 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Birkenhead for 17 days because the considerable number of deficiencies indicated that the ships’ maintenance was not according to SMS and the port lifeboat fall wire broke during operation. Other deficiencies included: the lifeboat launching instructions were missing; the starboard lifeboat tricing pennants were worn and slipping during the lowering of the lifeboat; the port & starboard foscle vents were defective; the galley ventilator was not closing; and the galley emergency exit was blocked.

The vessel was released from detention on 14/12/2009.

Date & Place of detention: 28/11/2009 (Glasgow)
Vessel Name: GOLDEN ELPIS (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 27,011
IMO No:9145889   
Flag: Malta
Company: Clemko Ship Management SA
Classification Society: Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
Recognised Organisation:  Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
Summary: 11 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Glasgow for 5 days because 6 out of 14 inflatable life jackets were defective; also there was no record of service for these jackets. The gas testing equipment for the testing of enclosed space atmosphere was not operational. A major non conformity was identified in respect of the resources and personnel as the crew familiarity was not complete with the following processes; the ships’ officer could not operate NBDP on GMDSS he was also not familiar with the speed input with the radar ARPA additionally he could not show in SMS the procedures for enclosed space entry. Other deficiencies identified included: the Solas training manual was not ship specific; the voyage charts were found uncorrected and the publication NP 66 West Coast of Scotland pilot was not on board; the fire door in the handling space stair well and galley did not fully close and there was excessive fuel oil in the exhaust of the life boat engine which was leaking into the water leaving a visible oily sheen. The number and nature of deficiencies was not according to SMS.

The vessel was released 02/12/2009

Date & Place of detention: 30/11/2009 – Chatham
Vessel Name: RMS LIBAVA (General Cargo)
IMO No:8324696   
Flag: Belize
Company: Clermont Services Sia
Classification Society: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Recognised Organisation:  Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
Summary: 7 deficiencies 1 ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Chatham for 5 days because the vessel was not seaworthy as the fore peak was holed at the starboard anchor. Other deficiencies identified included: the chain locker inspection hatch could not be secured shut; the safety railings were missing on the starboard side of the accommodation house and the bilge pump for the chain locker and forepeak was inoperative.
The vessel was released on 04/12/2009

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