Press Notice No: 008-09
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Posted 11:13 GMT
FOUR FOREIGN SHIPS UNDER DETENTION IN UK DURING DECEMBER
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 4 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during December 2008 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.
Latest monthly figures show that there was 1 new detention of a foreign flagged ship in a UK port during December 2008 and 3 vessels under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.93% this is slightly down from Novembers’ twelve month rate.
During the month of December 154 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK. A total of 59 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 69 had between one and five deficiencies 21 had between six and ten deficiencies 4 had between eleven and twenty deficiencies and there was 1 vessel inspected that had more than twenty deficiencies.
Out of the detained vessels, 1 was registered with a flag state listed on the Paris MOU white list, none were registered with a flag states on the grey list, 2 were registered with flag states on the black list and 1 was registered with an unlisted flag state.
-NOTES TO EDITORS-
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.
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.
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.
The “organisation” - responsible for conducting the statutory surveys: and issuing statutory certificates, (on behalf of the Flag State).
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.
SHIPS DETAINED IN DECEMBER 2008
Date & Place of
Detention: 19/12/2008 Tyne
Vessel Name: GRAND GEORGE (Bulk Carrier)
IMO No: 8102256
Company: Stamford Navigation Inc
Classification Society: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation: Lloyds Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 15 deficiencies (4) Grounds for detention
This vessel was detained in Tyne for 9 days because the emergency generator failed to start when required and the purifier room damper and the aft funnel vent did not close correctly. In addition several fuel oil quick closing valves did not operate when required. Other deficiencies identified included - the lights were not working in the bridge deck safety room and the emergency light was not working on the port side boat deck:; the aft hydraulic room deck was covered in oil and there were two steps missing at the aft hold access; the strobe light on the EPIRB was not working and there was no transmission on 2187.5/2182 KHz on mains operation.
The vessel was released on 27/12/2008
DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS
Date & Place
of Detention: 21/11/2008 Silvertown
Vessel Name: EASTERN STAR (Bulk Carrier)
IMO No: 9104500
Company: Northern Shipping Joint Stock Company Classification Society: Vietnam Register
Recognised Organisation: Vietnam Register
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Vietnam Register
Summary: 36 deficiencies (3) - grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Silvertown London for 11 days because all the caps were missing from the ventilator pipes and the batteries for the reserve source of energy had not been charged. A major non conformity was raised because of the number and nature of the deficiencies which indicated a breakdown in the safety management system against section 10 of the ISM Code. Deficiencies identified included the crew communal showers and toilets were dirty, the crew mess chairs were damaged and there was no hot water. In addition the fire and abandon ship drills showed that more training was required and that there was a lack of control necessitating additional drills.
The vessel was released on 01/12/2008
& Place of Detention: 28/11/2008 Falmouth
Vessel Name: St Vladimir (Bulk Carrier)
IMO No: 8134962
Company: Unimor Shipping Agency
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: 16 deficiencies (4) – grounds for detention
The vessel was detained in Falmouth for 12 days because the asbestos insulation throughout the ship had been broken and disturbed which resulted in asbestos dust and debris on the ships surfaces, bilge, and walkways. In addition the bilges contained an excessive amount of oil and debris there were also unauthorised polythene piping and flanges, and this constituted a fire risk and the risk of a blocked bilge line.
Other deficiencies identified included, the lighting in some of the ship spaces was limited and there were insufficient replacement lighting bulbs and tubes available, some floor plates were corroded and unsecured and 3 pumps had water leaking from the flanges also there was water leakage from pipe work in the forward bilge.
The vessel was released on 09/12/2008
& Place of detention: 20/09/2007 - Lowestoft
Vessel Name: ST PIRAN (Other Cargo)
IMO No: 5085407
Flag: Sierra Leone
Company: Charter Shipping Inc
Classification Society: Phoenix Register of Shipping (PRS)
Summary: 18 deficiencies in total, (6 detainable).
The vessel was detained with a significant amount of oil leaking from the silencer drain soaking the exhaust manifold lagging of the main engine, causing an imminent fire hazard. There was no effective fire pump available due to the breakdown of the main engine, and the alternative submersible electric pump was not effective. Also the Aldis signalling lamp was out of order, the VHF radio installation had an incorrect MMSI number and the radio battery charger arrangement and power distribution was incorrect. Other deficiencies included: some inoperative navigation lights as well as improperly maintained emergency batteries and portable fire extinguishers. The ship was still detained at 31/12/2008
By: Maggie Hill
further details contact:
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023 8032 9401