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Maritime And Coastguard Agency (National): 4 foreign ships under detention in the UK during April 2010

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 4 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during April 2010 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

Latest monthly figures show that there were 2 new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during April 2010 and 2 vessels under detention from the previous month. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.22% this is up from March’s twelve month rate.

During the month of April, 109 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK. A total of 32 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 65 had between one and five deficiencies, 8 had between six and ten deficiencies, 4 had between eleven and twenty deficiencies and no vessels inspected had more than twenty deficiencies.

Out of the detained vessels, none were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, 1 was registered with a flag state on the grey list, 2 were registered with a flag states on the black list and 1 was unlisted.

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 April included:

A 16,188 GT bulk carrier was detained in Tyne because a major non conformity was raised in respect of the nature and number of deficiencies identified indicating that the vessel was not being maintained in accordance with the ship’s SMS, in particular the lifesaving appliances and air pipes and vents.


Date & Place of detention 01/04/2010 – FALMOUTH

Vessel Name: TAIGETA (General Cargo)

GT: 2,061

IMO No: 7904516

Flag: Dominica Republic

Company: Uniship

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) and Germanischer Lloyd (GL)

Summary: 5 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Falmouth for 12 days because the company had ordered the Master to sail when there was insufficient diesel fuel on board for the voyage and this had resulted in the emergency fire pump being inoperative. In addition, the interim Ship Security Certificate was invalid.

Also there was no emergency steering provision independent of the power supply.

The vessel was released on 12/04/2010.

Date & Place of detention 19/04/2010 – TYNE

Vessel Name: KAPITAN GEORGI GEORGIEV (Bulk Carrier)

GT: 16,188

IMO No: 7919834

Flag: Bulgaria

Company: Navigation Maritime Bulgare

Classification Society: Bulgarian Registry of Shipping

Recognised Organisation: Bulgarian Registry of Shipping

Recognised Organisation for ISM: Flag

Summary: 15 deficiencies 5 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Tyne for 3 days because the engine room skylight and some air pipes and vents were corroded. Also the launching arrangements for survival craft were found to be corroded, seized, distorted or fractured and the embarkation ladder was too short. The number and nature of the deficiencies shows a major failing in the onboard Safety Management System.

Other deficiencies identified included: inspectors ID not requested on boarding the vessel; upper starboard navigation side light not working; emergency lighting bulbs needed replacing; starboard radar had some interference; some crew were not meeting the hours of rest requirements; steps on the hold aft access ladder were damaged and there were signs of cockroach  infestation in the galley. In addition, the auxiliary engine would not start and there was a lack of knowledge and control during fire drills.

The vessel was released on 21/04/2010.


Date & Place of detention 15/02/2010 – GROVE WHARF, GUNNESS

Vessel Name: WINDLAND (General Cargo)

GT: 2,240

IMO No: 7431715

Flag: St Kitts & Nevis

Company: Sea Dynasty Ltd

Classification Society: International Register of Shipping (IS)

Recognised Organisation: International Register of Shipping (IS)

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)

Recognised Organisation for ISM: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)

Summary: 21 deficiencies 3 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Grove Wharf, Gunness for 71 days because the emergency lighting was inoperative in all parts of the vessel; the gyro compass heading information was not being transmitted to the bridge and there were insufficient provisions for the intended voyage. A major non conformity was identified in respect of the number and nature of the deficiencies which indicated failure of SMS.

Other deficiencies identified included: the exhaust manifold piping on the emergency fire pump was defective; several self weighted cocks on sounding pipes in the engine room were seized; the bridge first aid kit included expired items and the medical certificate for the medical stores had expired. In addition the bridge pyrotechnics,(8 out 12 para red rockets) had expired, the water from the showers was being used to flush the toilets as there was no other water supplying them as the sea water pump was inoperative.

The vessel was released on 26/04/2010.

Date & Place of detention 04/03/2010 – LOWESTOFT

Vessel Name: CIEN PORCIENTO (General Cargo)

GT: 106

IMO No: 8944446

Flag: Unregistered

Company: Open Window Inc

Classification Society: Unclassed

Recognised Organisation: Not applicable

Recognised Organisation for ISM: Not applicable

Summary: 30 deficiencies 7 grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Lowestoft because the main fire pump was inoperative and there was no alternative fire pump outside the machinery space. There were insufficient liferafts, the sanitary water system was inoperative and there was no fresh running water to the galley, pantry and shower room. There were no nautical publications and charts were incomplete for the operational area.

Other deficiencies found were insufficient provisions for the intended voyage and medicines were out of date. In addition the following items were found to be missing,

distress flares, line throwing appliances, lifebuoys, life jackets with lights, immersion suits, satellite EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon), fire extinguishers, and the fire hose nozzle.

The vessel was still detained at 30/04/2010.


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