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Maritime And Coastguard Agency: Nine foreign ships under detention in the UK during January 2010

Press Release   •   Feb 15, 2010 10:38 GMT

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that nine foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during January 2010 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

Latest monthly figures show that there were seven new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during January 2010 and two vessels under detention from the previous month. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.16% this is slightly up from Decembers’ twelve month rate.

During the month of January, 145 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK. A total of 41 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 72 had between one and five deficiencies, 17 had between six and ten deficiencies, 11 had between eleven and twenty deficiencies and four vessels inspected had more than 20 deficiencies.

Out of the detained vessels, six were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, one was registered with a flag state on the grey list and two 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 January included:
A 6,540 GT. General Cargo Ship was detained in Southampton due to lack of maintenance and supervision, false hours of work being recorded and lack of familiarity with equipment. A major non conformity was raised in respect of the large number of deficiencies identified indicating that the vessel was not being maintained in accordance with the ships’ SMS.

SHIPS DETAINED IN JANUARY 2010
Date & Place of detention: 05/01/2010 – Teesport
Vessel Name: APOLLO HAWK (General Cargo)
GT: 4,255
IMO No: 7116793
Flag: Antigua and Barbuda
Company: L & L Shipping GMBH
Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Summary: 21 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention
This vessel was detained in Teesport for 3 days because the air pipe for GO starboard tank, the engine room vent port side and the port funnel were all corroded through. Maintenance procedures had not ensured compliance with Load Line and SOLAS requirements.
Other deficiencies included missing chart and nautical publication, lights not working or covers missing, paint not stored in the paint locker and lack of cleanliness in the funnel casings.
The vessel was released on 07/01/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 06/01/2010 – Belfast
Vessel Name: SMART (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 22,308
IMO No: 8202070
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lag: Panama
Company: Ibaizabal Management Services
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 28 deficiencies 8 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Belfast for 6 days because the breathing apparatus sets and fire fighting equipment were not ready for use, safety equipment was found defective, emergency preparedness was impaired and procedures for entry into dangerous spaces had not been followed.
Other deficiencies found were lack of cleanliness in galley and sanitary facilities, charts and records missing or incomplete and gangway damaged.
The vessel was released on 11/01/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 08/01/2010 – Southampton
Vessel Name: CITY OF LUTECE (Other Cargo)
GT: 8,238
IMO No: 8017970
Flag: Malta
Company: Abou Merhi Ship Management
C
lassification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Summary: 18 deficiencies 2 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Southampton for 2 days as a result of a near collision in the Dover Straits due to lack of monitoring of vessels’ position in relation to navigational hazards and other traffic. There was also a lack of position monitoring at sufficiently frequent intervals. Also the vessel had failed to satisfactorily apply a Safety Management System in accordance with the ISM Code.
Other deficiencies found included: incomplete voyage planning; lack of Master’s standing orders; lack of cleanliness/damage in galley and store rooms; life saving equipment defective or not maintained; machinery and main switchboard guards missing and two medical certificates missing.
The vessel was released on 09/01/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 14/01/2010 – Southampton
Vessel Name: MERWEBORG (General Cargo)
GT: 6,540
IMO No: 9142552
Flag: Netherlands Antilles
Company: Esmeralda Schiffahrts
Classification Society: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Recognised Organisation: NONE
Recognised Organisation for ISM: NONE
Summary: 29 deficiencies 13 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Southampton for 5 days due to major non conformities in the Safety Management System documentation and updating, lack of maintenance and supervision, false hours of work recorded and lack of familiarity with equipment. Other deficiencies found included: makeshift ventilation using a plastic hose; sounding pipes not capped; fire screen doors tied open and accommodation ladder damaged. Also rubber hose ran through engine room and connected to main exhaust trunk which compromised the fire integrity of the Class A door.
The vessel was released on 18/01/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 20/01/2010 – Falmouth
Vessel Name: SABLE CAPE (Tug)
GT: 1,714
IMO No: 7626841
Flag: St Vincent and the Grenadines
Company: Tschudi Ship Management
Classification Society: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Recognised Organisation: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)/Det Norse Veritas (DNV)
Summary: 15 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Falmouth due to broken davit sheave, life rafts and HRUs not serviced, excessive oil leakage from both main engines constituting a major fire risk, all waste oil/sludge tanks full and engine room cofferdam had been used for this.
Other deficiencies found included a lack of cleanliness in the galley and fridges, garbage not stored correctly, lack of adequate heating and hot water and lack of emergency preparedness during drill.
The vessel was still detained at 31/01/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 22/01/2010 – Tyne
Vessel Name: NOTOS (General Cargo)
GT: 5,458
IMO No: 9045728
Flag: Antigua and Barbuda
Company: Candler Schiffahrt GMBH
Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 15 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Tyne for 5 days because the number and nature of the deficiencies showed a major failing in the onboard Safety Management System. The deficiencies included defects to the fire detection system and the vessel could not demonstrate the remote closure of the engine room fuel oil storage tanks.
Other deficiencies included the emergency generator fuel tank and rescue boat tanks required topping up, bunkering procedures were not followed, open holes in deck around rescue boat launching area and fixed local water spray was left in manual even when the vessel was in unmanned machinery space operation. Fire main pressure relief valve remained open and engine room fire door not closing.
The vessel was released 26/01/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 25/01/2010 – Silvertown
Vessel Name: PORTO LEONE (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 10,904
IMO No: 9039339
Flag: Marshall Islands
Company: G Bros Maritime SA
Classification Society: Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
Recognised Organisation: Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: DOC-Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)/ ISM- Lloyds Register (LR)Summary: 21 deficiencies 6 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Silvertown because the emergency generator did not operate in automatic mode and the quick closing valves were inoperative. Charts for the Thames area, Tide Tables, Almanac and some distress flares were missing and a major non conformity was identified in respect of the maintenance of ship and equipment.
Other deficiencies included: paint was stored in the engine room; the captain’s records of rest were inaccurate and sanitary facilities were found dirty. Also the boiler inspection doors were leaking, the flame failure device was inoperative and the wiring was exposed. One bank of emergency generator batteries were inoperative, chart corrections not up to date, and publications missing, and magnetic compass not readable at the steering position. GMDSS radios were not marked with ship name and call sign and ITU List of Ship Stations missing. Fore peak remote control valve inoperative and unauthorised modifications made to bilge pumping system.
The vessel was still detained on 31/01/2010.

DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS
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 31/01/2010.

Date & Place of detention: 26/11/2009Southampton
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: 23 deficiencies 8 grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Southampton for 48 days because the focsle 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 released on 12/01/2010.

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