Thirteen Detained Ships by UK PSC in October 2012

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced last week that thirteen foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during October 2012 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. Latest monthly figures show that there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports during October 2012 and seven vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only four vessels remained under detention at the end of October. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.4% this is slightly up from Septembers twelve month rate.

By taking a quick look in the deficiency items listed below one may see that for most of the cases the PSCO, among others, identified as deficiencies, inconsistencies related to the hours of work/rest records of the vessel, a finding that should be noted taking into consideration that the new MLC will come into force in less than a year (August 2013).

Furthermore another type of deficieny that has been identified, in most of the cases, had to do with the fire safety of the vessel since the Paris MoU is carrying a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on fire safety systems for the period between 1 September 2012 to 30 November 2012.

Out of the detained vessels:

  1. ten were registered with a flag state listed on the Paris MOU white list
  2. one was registered with a flag state on the grey list
  3. one was registered with a flag state on the black list
  4. one was unregistered
  5. none were registered with a flag state that was not included on the Paris MOU white, grey or black lists

SHIPS DETAINED IN OCTOBER 2012

1. Date and Place of detention: – 10 October 2012 Kyle of Lochalsh (The vessel was released on the 13 October 2012)

  • GT: – 265
  • Flag: – Ireland
  • Classification Society: – None
  • Recognised Organisation: – None
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – Not Required
  • Summary: – Thirteen deficiencies including two grounds for detention

The vessel was detained due to identification of the following deficiencies:

  • the loadline marks on both sides submerged even when loading only partly completed
  • the Captains certificate was not appropriate for the vessel
  • the Mate did not hold any certification
  • the deck log book entries were inadequate
  • there was no evidence of electronic charts being updated and the deviation table was overdue
  • the records of rest were not as required and there was no table of working hours posted
  • the original medical certificate of fitness for one crew member was not on board and the Watch Rating Certificate for another member had expired
  • the engineers flag state endorsement was missing along with the Nautical publications missing and the garbage record book was not maintained

2. Date and Place of detention: – 11 October 2012 Chatham (The vessel was released on the 15 October 2012)

  • GT: – 2,446
  • Flag: – Antigua & Barbuda
  • Classification Society: – Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
  • Recognised Organisation: – Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
  • Summary: – Eighteen deficiencies including three grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Chatham where among others the following deficiencies were identified:

  • the Captain being arrested for being drunk
  • the ship was not manned in accordance with the Minimum Safe Manning Document
  • charts for operational area were missing
  • the Gyro compass repeaters missing on the port bridge wing and steering gear room whilst the main mast light was being held on with string
  • some charts for the voyage or passage planning were missing or expired
  • the rating of the main engine was not in agreement with the Safe Manning Document
  • the CO2 distribution pipework on main deck needed securing
  • there were a number of fire detection related deficiencies including detectors not working; fire doors held open with rope; alarm instructions not in working language and inoperative in the engine room
  • some emergency lighting and several lights were not working
  • the embarkation arrangement for survival craft was not maintained as the rope was rotten and there was no winnets on the port side
  • the Aft lifebuoy with light the holder was damaged
  • the hours of rest records for crew were not as required for 14 September
  • there was objective evidence of serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code

3. Date and Place of detention: – 16 October 2012 Tyne (The vessel was released on the 27 October 2012.)

  • GT: – 3,052
  • Flag: – Luxembourg
  • Classification Society: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • Summary: – Thirteen deficiencies including two grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in the Tyne because apart from the objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code the following were identified:

  • there was hull damage impairing seaworthiness due to the shell plating deformed and breach in way of ballast tank number 10
  • security related defects
  • the fire control plan did not show Fire Fighting Appliances as fitted
  • numerous self-closing fire doors did not close or have been left on the latch and the galley range fire extinguisher would not have worked due to the pin being left in place
  • the emergency lights were not working in the firemans locker deck and also the aft mast indicator light did not work on the navigation light panel
  • one window had been replaced with clear plastic and the deadlight was missing
  • there was an open pipe penetration from the engine room to the main deck
  • no endorsement for the in-water survey completed on 31/05/12 had been entered on certificate
  • the railings on the port side were less than one metre in height
  • battery indicators in lifeboats show low voltage
  • the hours of rest records for crew were not as required for 21 to 22 September

4. Date and Place of detention: – 19 October 2012 Avonmouth (The vessel was still detained at 31 October 2012.)

  • GT: – 15,888
  • Flag: – Bahamas
  • Classification Society: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Summary: – Twenty-six deficiencies including one ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Avonmouth due to there being objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code.

A number of fire protection related deficiencies were found on board including the following:

  • the air quality certificate for SCBA air compressor not being on board,
  • there was no means to test the fire detection system,
  • the heat detector system or manual alarm points
  • fire extinguishers were unfit for use as they were found to have perished and rotten hoses
  • the fire main isolation valves were not free to operate as required
  • the Master and Chief engineer were not familiar with the operation of the fixed CO2 fire fighting system
  • the crew also showed an inability to use fire fighting equipment correctly during fire drill along with not being familiar with the location of the Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus sets in the engine room and accommodation
  • not reporting non functioning of radar as required by short term SEC
  • the ships crew unable to demonstrate operation of emergency steering arrangement or operate oxygen meter to verify that the atmosphere is safe for enclosed entry procedure to ballast tank
  • the sounding pipe cap could not be properly sealed
  • the main engine control was only possible from emergency control position
  • the ships generator was unable to take electrical load and the external engine control for one of the lifeboats not functional
  • the GMDSS battery charger unit was broken
  • an emergency supply fan had a damaged electric switch box
  • the Simplified voyage data recorder battery had expired and the annual test had not been carried out
  • floor tiles in the provision room handling area were cracked or missing and the area was in an unhygienic condition
  • in the galley and the mess rooms the oven controls did not work and the dishwasher did not work
  • water faucets in the galley and mess rooms do not function and the hot water supply was discoloured at sample points
  • the vessels magnetic compass had excessive deviation and deviation card incorrect and the quality of fuel oil on board was not suitable.

5. Date and Place of detention: – 22 October 2012 Tees (The vessel was released on the 25 October 2012)

  • GT: – 4,227
  • Flag: – Singapore
  • Classification Society: – Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Recognised Organisation: – Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Summary: – Eight deficiencies including three grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Tees due to the following identified deficiencies:

  • the GMDSS radio installation does not run on reserve power/battery
  • the emergency fire pump was unable to supply any water pressure
  • the rescue boat would launch but the engine was unable to give sufficient speed
  • the emergency generator auto start testing key switch was inoperative and the breaker was not staying in;
  • there were fire extinguisher holding brackets broken and test procedures of manual call points were not functioning
  • the gas detection alarm was inoperative on starboard poop deck by entrance to accommodation

6. Date and Place of detention: – 25 October 2012 Lowestoft (The vessel was released on the 31 October 2012)

  • GT: – 382
  • Flag: – Sierra Leone
  • Classification Society: – International Register of Shipping (IS)
  • Recognised Organisation: – International Register of Shipping (IS)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – N/A
  • Summary: – Twenty-six deficiencies including twelve grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Lowestoft due to the following deficiencies:

  • the fire fighting equipment and appliances were not as required or ready and available due to the fire hose coupling did not fit hydrant,
  • firemans axe was not available with firemans outfit and fire hose nozzle is missing from the fire box.
  • the forward engine room watertight doors emergency escape was not watertight and the ventilator had wire leading through to prevent correct closing
  • the vessel had fuel oil tank vent flame gauzes split on two tanks
  • two fire dampers on the main deck not operating as required
  • the deadlight in the galley and laundry were not operational
  • holes drilled in external bulkheads
  • the manhole to chain locker not fitted when vessel proceeds to sea
  • the entrance to dangerous spaces safety procedures were not in use and safety equipment was not made available at entrance along with no risk assessment being in place for any activity
  • amendments for the vessels name and usage had not been made in the stability book
  • the master had not reported any incident regarding navigation to the company as required and
  • the magnetic compass deviation card over two years old with no records of error maintained
  • the muster list did not show person responsible to maintain fire fighting and life saving equipment nor substitute for key personnel
  • the anti fouling declaration was no longer applicable and there were obstructions of winch wire leading over walkways
  • the fenders not towed as required in the safety manual resulting in a hazardous situation and the steering compartment were not sealed
  • the engine room plating was insufficiently supported; was missing inspection covers and along with the shaft bilges containing oil, the steering gear compartment had oil soaked rags in the way of steering gear
  • electrical devices were found not as required including light diffusers missing, redundant wiring hanging loose in connections and junction boxes were missing covers
  • the vessel had a lifebuoy missing, one not of an approved type and two lifebuoys had non operational lights
  • the hours of rest records were not in approved format and not signed by crew
  • the Master and chief engineer were working excessive hours
  • the oil record book in use had been superseded

DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS

1. Date and Place of detention: – 24 September 2012 Hartlepool (The vessel was released on the 03 October 2012)

  • GT: – 512
  • Flag: – Denmark
  • Classification Society: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Summary: – Seventeen deficiencies including two grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Hartlepool because:

  • the fire detection and alarm system were inoperable
  • not all crew members were having sufficient rest hours,
  • the starboard Man Over Board light was inoperative and the echo sounder was inoperative
  • records in the magnetic compass error log and the sewage discharge book were not complete
  • when the vessel was revisited to be released, there was no safe means of access rigged from shore to ship and no security in place to meet the PSCO
  • there was a lack of training evident during the fire and abandon ship drill

2. Date and Place of detention: – 25 September 2012 Cardiff (The vessel was released on the 02 October 2012)

  • GT: – 14852
  • Flag: – Turkey
  • Classification Society: – Bureau VERITAS (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation: – Bureau VERITAS (BV) and Lloyds Register (LR)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – Bureau VERITAS (BV)
  • Summary: – Twenty-one deficiencies including four grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Cardiff as a result of the following deficiencies:

  • the starting of the main engine was unsatisfactory
  • crew were not familiar with the safe procedure for the launch and recovery of the lifeboat
  • oily bilge water was found at the after end on the tank top
  • the main engine bridge control was not operational
  • steering gear alarm not working
  • the gangway ladder was rigged in dangerous manner and there was an unsatisfactory repair to handle rail
  • the oil record book was incomplete
  • a mooring line was found with one section spliced with different diameter rope
  • some fire doors were not shutting properly
  • a fire hose had to be replaced and the main fire line relief valve was leaking
  • temporary fresh water supply fitted to galley and there was no hot water supply either
  • the accommodation and food store was found to have an infestation of cockroaches and the meatroom temperature was too high
  • there was a lack of personal protection of crew as only one set of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus for dangerous goods but two were listed in the documentation.

3. Date and Place of detention: – 27 September 2012 Silvertown, River Thames (The vessel was released on the 01 October 2012)

  • GT: – 17928
  • Flag: – Malta
  • Classification Society: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Summary: – Eleven deficiencies including four grounds for detention

The vessel was detained at Silvertown on the River Thames due to the following deficiencies:

  • lack of control and communication during the fire drills as the wrong location of the fire was reported and no BA drill carried out
  • there were sounding caps missing on deck to double bottom tanks and bilges
  • the Chief Officer did not comply with the risk assessment/work permit resulting in the Chief Officer (C/O) falling into the river
  • the oxygen meter did not show 20.9% of oxygen as required
  • some of the sight glasses were gagged,
  • the light was not working at the pilot boarding point
  • some charts and nautical publications had expired
  • the air trunking was holed in the fire control locker

4. Date and Place of detention: – 28 September 2012 Southampton

  • GT: – 794
  • Flag: – Belize
  • Classification Society: – International Naval Surveys Bureau (INBS)
  • Recognised Organisation: – International Naval Surveys Bureau (INBS)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – International Naval Surveys Bureau (INBS)
  • Summary: – Eleven deficiencies including three grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Southampton. During the PSC inspection the following items have been identified:

  • no evidence of an internal audit within three months as required for Safety Management Certificate interim certification.
  • the emergency fire pump was unable to produce sufficient pressure
  • the muster list was not as required for abandon ship procedure
  • there was a lack of training to operate MF radio Installation
  • the crew were not sufficiently familiar with operation of CO2 system
  • the system directional valve was very stiff
  • there was no authorisation for the carriage of grain held by vessel, even though records show grain carried in last month
  • There was no evidence of use of NAVTEX since 02 September 2012
  • passage planning was not being completed
  • the hours of rest records for crew were not as required for September 2012

5. Date and Place of detention: – 9 September 2011 Liverpool (The vessel was still detained at 31 October 2012)

  • GT: – 3,660
  • Flag: – Antigua & Barbuda
  • Classification Society: – Lloyds Register of Shipping (LR)
  • Recognised Organisation: – Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
  • Summary: – seventeen deficiencies including one ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Liverpool because the following deficiencies have been identified:

  • a large number of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) related deficiencies which were objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of implementation of the ISM code on board the vessel
  • the main engine was defective
  • the engine room was very oily in some areas
  • the five year service on the immersion suit in the engine room had expired
  • there was no evidence that the freefall lifeboat had been manoeuvred in the water within the last 3 months also there was no evidence that the freefall lifeboat had been freefall launched within the last 6 months
  • the deck officer was not familiar with launching the starboard life raft by davit

6. Date and Place of detention: – 8 November 2010 Birkenhead (The vessel was still detained at 31 October 2012)

  • GT: – 1,972
  • Flag: – Panama
  • Classification Society: – Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
  • Summary: – twelve deficiencies including four grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Birkenhead because:

  • the engine room was very dirty
  • there were fuel oil leaks and a major non conformity was identified with respect to the lack of maintenance of the ship and equipment
  • the crew/officers records of rest were not signed
  • the crew accommodation was no longer provided with steam heating
  • the galley needed cleaning
  • there was insufficient fruit and vegetables on board
  • the crew showers and toilets were dirty and the shower curtains missing and the laundry washing facilities were inadequate
  • the lifejacket lights were out of date
  • the aft deck was slippery underneath the deck generator and several fire doors were tied open

7. Date and Place of detention: 4 March 2010 – Lowestoft (The vessel was still detained at 31 October 2012)

  • GT: – 106
  • Flag: – Unregistered
  • Classification Society: – Unclassed
  • Recognised Organisation: – Not applicable
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: – Not applicable
  • Summary: – thirty deficiencies including seven 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
  • 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
  • there were insufficient provisions for the intended voyage and medicines were out of date
  • the following items were found to be missing: distress flares; line throwing appliances; lifebuoys; life jackets with lights; immersion suits; satellite (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon) (EPIRB); fire extinguishers and the fire hose nozzle

Source: MCA

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