Monthly PSC Report For April 2013

The following tables summarize some findings from the PSC inspections conducted in the main PSC MoU areas (Black Sea MoU, Mediterranean MoU, Indian Ocean MoU, Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU) during last month. Data have been also gathered from various Coast Guard agencies and are presented in each month’s report. Data from other PSC MoUs (Vina del Mar, Abuja MoU, Riyadh MoU) could not be extracted at the time this report has been issued and therefore were not included.

 PSC MoUs   Black Sea Mediterranean  Indian  Paris  Tokyo
Total Inspections  599 411 551 1650 3651
With Deficiencies  446 232 355 1214 2524
Without Deficiencies  153 179 196 436 1127
Detentions  14 19 31 54 154


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Total Inspections per Type of Vessel in the Main PSC MoU Areas

 PSC MoUs    Black Sea Mediterranean  Indian  Paris  Tokyo
 Bulk Carrier  154 89 297 324 1184
 General Cargo Ship  262 183 54 549 968
 Chemical Tanker  31 4 29 119 217
Oil Tanker  64 13 33 98 214
Container Ship  18 53 58 134 572


Inspections Ended with Deficiencies per Type of Vessel in the Main PSC MoU Areas

 PSC MoUs  Black Sea Mediterranean  Indian  Paris  Tokyo
Bulk Carrier  100 39 195 216 743
General Cargo Ship 219 133 36 453 808
Chemical Tanker 17 3 14 88 127
Oil Tanker 42 3 20 59 113
Container Ship  11 21 34 96 397


Brief Analysis of the Vessels’ Detentions in the Main MoU Areas

Regarding the number of detentions per type of vessel (5 types of vessels have been chosen for the analysis below) the following data have been extracted from the Black Sea MoU, Mediterranean MoU, Indian Ocean MoU, Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU.

 Black Sea MoU   No. of Vessels Deficiencies/Vessel Average Age of Vessels
 Bulk Carrier  2 17 28.5
 General Cargo Ship  11 10.8 32
 Chemical Tanker 
 Oil Tanker 
 Container Ship 


 Mediterranean MoU   No. of Vessels Deficiencies/Vessel Average Age of Vessels
 Bulk Carrier  2 6 5
 General Cargo Ship  12 11.6 28.25
 Chemical Tanker 
 Oil Tanker  1 12 14
 Container Ship  2 3.5 24.5


 Indian Ocean MoU   No. of Vessels Deficiencies/Vessel Average Age of Vessels
 Bulk Carrier  15 10.33 14
 General Cargo Ship  7 18.28 17
 Chemical Tanker 
 Oil Tanker  4 7.75 27
 Container Ship  2 5 21


 Paris MoU   No. of Vessels Deficiencies/Vessel Average Age of Vessels
 Bulk Carrier  9 11.88 16.5
 General Cargo Ship  33 12.69 25
 Chemical Tanker  1 5 6
 Oil Tanker  2 8.5 13.5
 Container Ship  3 8.66 8


 Tokyo MoU   No. of Vessels Deficiencies/Vessel Average Age of Vessels
 Bulk Carrier  31 10.5 12
 General Cargo Ship  72 11.7 16
 Chemical Tanker  8 11.6 9.25
 Oil Tanker  3 16 21
 Container Ship  21 8.6 11


USCG Vessels Detention Information

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The picture above shows the number of detentions on various Port under the authority of the USCG.

VESSEL #1

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Malta
  • Classification Society: Lloyd’s Register of Shipping
  • GRT: 39017
  • Port: Hampton Roads, Virginia

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. After 6 hours and multiple attempts the engineering  equipment crew could not demonstrate proper operation of the oily  water separator.  Vessel crew had to dismantle  inoperable bilge effluent pump and make repairs in  order to attempt to operate the OWS.
  2. The vessel is equipped with an oil content meter on the  oily water separator with a data recording feature  designed to store data for up to 18 months. The engineering crew was unfamiliar with recalling data on  the oil content meter recording device and was not able  to display or print a protocol for the PSCO.
  3. Suspected Of  PSCO discovered evidence indicating the vessel’s crew is discharging oily water mixtures collected  into the sea  using a pneumatic pump and hose configuration routed through the vessel’s Marine  Sanitation Device (MSD). This unapporved method bypasses the installed oily  water separator (OWS) and oil content meter (OCM) and  does not permit the monitoring of effluent to ensure the  oil content discharged overboard does not exceed 15  parts per million.  The PSCO also discovered an oil  water mixture on the overboard discharge side of the  OWS three-way valve, indicating the crew bybassed the  OWS and OCM to dishcarge an oil water mixture  overboard.
  4. Objective evidence discovered in an expanded ISM  policy Exam revealed the following major non-conformities: the intentional deviation from the Company’s SMS  Environmental Management System and failure to maintain critical systems by a ship’s senior officer. Crew unfamiliar with recalling data on the oil content meter  and operating the oily water separator, unapproved bypass modification of the oily water separator, and inconsistencies in the Oil Record Book (Part 1).

 VESSEL #2

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Liberia
  • Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd
  • GRT: 34421
  • Port: New Orleans, Louisiana

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Fire-fighting systems and appliances shall be kept in installation working order and available for immediate use. PSCO observed the water supply valve for the fixed water mist system located in the steering gear compartment, a class certified periodically unattended machinery space, closed and the selector switch in “Auto” rendering it inoperable
  2. Fire-fighting systems and appliances shall be kept in good working order and readily available for immediate use. PSCO observed the fixed smoke and heat detectors located in the engineering workshop, a class certified periodically unattended machinery space, covered with plastic bags, rendering them inoperable in case of a fire in the space

VESSEL #3

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
  • GRT: 38037
  • Port: New Orleans, Louisiana

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. PSCO observed the water supply valve for the fixed installation water mist fire fighting system located in the steering compartment closed.  The system selector switch was in the automatic position, but was rendered inoperable as an automatically activated system by the closed water supply valve. Chief Engineer stated that crew closes valve while in port and that system is manually operated. Instructions for hypermist system state that system is automatically operated and the suction and delivery valves shall always stay in open position. This valve arrangement would not allow the fixed water mist firefighting system to operate as designed and approved in the event of a fire.

VESSEL #4

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: Korean Register of Shipping
  • GRT: 44102
  • Port: New Orleans, Louisiana

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. ORB indicating a transfer from the soot collection tank to the sewage collection tank totaling .9 m3 which was subsequently discharged overboard via the sewage overboard discharge valve of the coast of Africa. The engineering crew completed this transfer utilizing flexible hoses and a portable pump. The soot collection tank is designated to drain directly to the bilge holding tank through fixed piping arrangements for processing through the Oily Water Separator for discharge in accordance with Annex I.
  2. PSCO discovered the fresh water supply line valve for installation the engine rooms fixed fire-fighting (hyper mist) system and the main stop valve after the pump in the closed position. The operating instructions clearly states the fresh water supply valve and the main stop valve shall be in the open position at all times.   In this observed condition the system is not capable of automatic operation in the event of an engine room fire.

 VESSEL #5

  • Vessel Type: Containership
  • Flag: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Classification Society: Govt of Listed Flag
  • GRT: 2472
  • Port: Miami, Florida

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. PSCO found cracking and deterioration of the cargo hold coaming including a 14 inch crack starboard side miship, a 12 inch crack port side miship, and wastage in the form of holes totaling approximately 3 square inches.  The cargo hatch covers also have bends and wastage and are missing gaskets which do not allow for weathertight integrity.
  2. The #1 ship service diesel generator was on line with multiple fuel and lube oil leaks including the #2 and #5 fuel lines.  There are unapproved repairs on the #6 fuel line. The booster pump for the main diesel engine is leaking fuel excessively.  These conditions pose a significant fire hazard.
  3. The fire detection throughout the vessel was found inoperable and unable to utomatically indicate the presence or indication of fire.

 VESSEL #6

  • Vessel Type: Refrigerated Cargo Carrier
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: Bureau Veritas
  • GRT: 9438
  • Port: Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Crew is not familiar with essential shipboard procedures relating to the safety of the ship and was unable to satisfactorily complete fire and abandon ship drills. The fire team was unfamiliar with proper proecdures for donning required firefighting gear and the communication between crewmembers was unsatisfactory to effectively fight a fire.  The vessel failed abandon ship drills because approximately half of the crew was unaware of the equipment they were expected to bring to the muster (including SART, blankets, and handheld radios) and many of the crew reported without personal floatation devices.
  2. The vessel’s free fall lifeboat is not ready for immediate use.  During an operational test of the lifeboat, the crew was unable to start the lifeboat’s engine.
  3. The vessel’s rescue boat is not ready for immediate use. During an operational test of the rescue boat, the crew was unable to start the rescue boat’s outboard motor despite repeated attempts.
  4. The electronic controls for the rescue boat davit system rescue boats are unable to swing left to right in order to launch to rescue boat.  The rescue boat embarkation and launching arrangements were not operating such that the rescue boat could be boarded and launched in the shortest possible time.
  5. Steering gear system has excessive hydraulic oil leak presenting an unsafe condition.
  6. The #1 and #2 oil purifiers and fuel pumps in the engiine room are leaking excessively as evidenced by standing oil on the decks of the engine room, creating a significant fire hazard.

VESSEL #7

  • Vessel Type: Ro-Ro-Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: N/A
  • GRT: N/A
  • Port: Miami, Florida

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. All ships shall be sufficiently and efficiently manned. (manning) The vessel is missing one able seaman, therefore is not fully manned as per their Minimum Safe manning Certificate.
  2. Each emergency generating set arranged to be automatically started shall be equipped with starting devices, with store energy capability of 3 consecutive starts, a second source of energy shall be provided. The automatic start for the emergency generator is inoperable as well as the second means of starting, the hydraulic starting mechanism.
  3. In cargo ships of 2,0000 tons gross tonnage an upwards if a fire in any one compartment could put all the pumps out of action there shall be an alternative means consisting of a fixed independently driven emergency fire pump which shall be capable of supplying two jets of water to the satisfaction of the administration.  The vessel is missing the emergency fire pump.

 VESSEL #8

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Malta
  • Classification Society: Bureau Veritas
  • GRT: 14770
  • Port: Wilmington, Delaware

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. The skin-valve for the galley’s overboard greywater discharge line has two soft patches, one on either side to repair holes in the valve housing. This discharge line is located below the waterline.
  2. The saltwater pump for the main engine cooling is inoperable. The vessel has implemented an unapproved arrangement using the fire/general service pump in its place. Objective evidence discovered in an expanded equipment examination revealed that the company/vessel failed to fully implement the requirements of the the Safety Management System. The port sea-chest strainer cannot be cleaned due to a faulty valve. The faulty valve allows water to continuously flow through the strainer making  it unsafe to open for required cleaning. This condition jeopardizes the integrity of all machinery dependant on raw-water cooling.

 VESSEL #9

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
  • GRT: 14785
  • Port: Alameda, California

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Crew is not familiar with essential shipboard procedures relating to the safety of the ship. The crew was unable to demonstrate proficiency in performing a satisfactory fire drill. The crew failed two consecutive attempts of the drill evident by improper muster procedures, entering the space simulated on fire without proper personal protection, and failing to bring a key to access a locked space for firefighting.  In addition, the vessel does not have a fire safety training manual on board.

VESSEL #10

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Marshall Islands
  • Classification Society: Bureau Veritas
  • GRT: 23232
  • Port: New Orleans, Louisiana

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. PSCO observed the hyper-mist fixed fire-fighting system installation fresh water supply valve closed and the system in remote mode.  This rendered the system incapable of being remotely actuated from the main control panel in accordance with the vessel’s operating instructions as the primary means for energizing the system.

AMSA Vessels Detention Information

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The picture above shows the number of detentions on various Port under the authority of AMSA.

VESSEL #1

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Japan
  • Classification Society: NKK
  • GRT: 44547
  • Port: Newcastle, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Emergency generator cannot automatically connect to emergency switchboard.

VESSEL #2

  • Vessel Type: General Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Netherlands
  • Classification Society: LR
  • GRT: 8999
  • Port: Newcastle, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Ballast tank air vent closing devices defective. (Numerous places).
  2. Oily water separator defective.

VESSEL #3

  • Vessel Type: Heavy Load Carrier
  • Flag: Bahamas
  • Classification Society: LR
  • GRT: 6714
  • Port: Fremantle, WA, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Engine Room – Fire damper for port side Suppy Fan defective and unable to close.

VESSEL #4

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Antigua & Barbuda
  • Classification Society: GL
  • GRT: 30570
  • Port: Townsville, QLD, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Sewage plant defective.

VESSEL #5

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: NKK
  • GRT: 83658
  • Port: Dampier, WA, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Objective evidence that the Safety Management System, as implemented on board, fails to satisfy the requirements of the ISM Code Section 5,6,7,8,10,11 and 12.
  2. Approved Stability information not available on board.
  3. Cargo hold access manholes nos. 5,6,7,8 and 9 port and starboard sides – not weather tight.

VESSEL #6

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Malta
  • Classification Society: ABS
  • GRT: 91971
  • Port: Newcastle, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Emergency generator not able to automatically connect to emergency switchboard.

VESSEL #7

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Marshall Islands
  • Classification Society: LR
  • GRT: 32300
  • Port: Dampier, WA, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Engine room ventilation dampers and funnel dampers, pneumatic operation defective.
  2. Emergency fire pump defective.

VESSEL #8

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: NKK
  • GRT: 87493
  • Port: Dampier, WA, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Evidence that the safety management system as implemented on board fails to ensure that rest hours are accurately recorded. Master is unable to ensure that officers are sufficiently rested. (OOW comment: MLC will enter into force this August and similar deficiencies may result on the vessel being detained)

VESSEL #9

  • Vessel Type: Containership
  • Flag: Singapore
  • Classification Society: NKK
  • GRT: 16772
  • Port: Melbourne, VIC, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. SMS does not ensure procedures for critical operations are effective, as evidenced by vessel arriving from previous port with significant no. of unsecured cargo hatch cleats, & other deficiencies found during the PSC inspection.

VESSEL #10

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Liberia
  • Classification Society: LR
  • GRT: 30363
  • Port: Kwinana, WA, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. The SMS as implemented onboard fails to ensure that work hours are adequately recorded (OOW comment: Same deficiency also resulted in another vessel being detained, refer to “VESSEL #8” above)

VESSEL #11

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Hong Kong
  • Classification Society: CCS
  • GRT: 20763
  • Port: Townsville, QLD, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Port and Starboard fire damper (Louver type) defective.(Unable to close)

VESSEL #12

  • Vessel Type: General Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Malta
  • Classification Society: CCS
  • GRT: 5316
  • Port: Broome, WA, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Port and Starboard lifeboats, hydrostatic interlock for on-load release mechanisms defective.

VESSEL #13

  • Vessel Type: Containership
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: BV
  • GRT: 39990
  • Port: Port Botany, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Hatch cover Bay 30 port side not seating properly.

VESSEL #14

  • Vessel Type: Wood Chip Carrier
  • Flag: Cayman Islands
  • Classification Society: NKK
  • GRT: 46543
  • Port: Geelong, VIC, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Port and Starboard E/R fire damper defective.

VESSEL #15

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Italy
  • Classification Society: RINA
  • GRT: 40562
  • Port: Weipa, QLD, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Port and stbd lifeboats on load release arrangements defective.

VESSEL #16

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: NKK
  • GRT: 87281
  • Port: Newcastle, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Hatchcover side and end cleats have excessive clearance. (Numerous places).

VESSEL #17

  • Vessel Type: Other
  • Flag: Saint Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Classification Society: BV
  • GRT: 2427
  • Port: Broome, WA, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Air pipes closing devices for Forward and Aft starboard dry tanks defective.
  2. The Safety Management System does not ensure effective maintenance of the ship and equipment in accordance with the regulations, as evidenced by the above deficiencies.
  3. Port and Starboard Steering Gear space manholes closing devices defective.
  4. Port engine room ventilation fire damper defective.
  5. In view of the number and extent of above deficeincies, there is objective evidence that the vessel has not being maintained between surveys as per Solas Ch1 Reg 11.

VESSEL #18

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Egypt
  • Classification Society: LR
  • GRT: 37028
  • Port: Esperance, WA, AUSTRALIA

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Two (2) nos. of engine room ventilation fire dampers not able to be closed.

MCA Vessels Detention Information

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The picture above shows the number of detentions on various Port under the authority of MCA.

VESSEL #1

  • Vessel Type: Gas Carrier
  • Flag: Norway
  • Classification Society: DNV
  • GRT: 2506
  • Port: Tees

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Several fire fighting deficiencies including self closing fire door on non-approved hold back and engine room door does not close and latch.
  2. The engine room Co2 release cabinet has two sets of instructions.
  3. The fire control plan was not as expected and there was a lack of training in the fire drill.
  4. Lack of training in the abandon ship drill.
  5. Immersion suits not the correct size to fit staff.
  6. The bilge pump suction and discharge hose not connect in rescue boat.
  7. The emergency light in forecastle does not work and the lamp in the battery locker was missing.
  8. The echo sounder showed low battery and an SRAM fault.
  9. The gyro compass is inoperative as the repeater in the steering gear shows 152 degrees whilst the bridge shows 223 degrees.
  10. The vessel did not comply with several chapters of the IGC code and a copy of the code was not on board.
  11. The Continuous Synopsis Record, Document for Dangerous Goods and muster list were found not to be as expected.
  12. Certificates for personnel on tankers were missing and food was found not to be stored correctly.

VESSEL #2

  • Vessel Type: General Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: PHRS
  • GRT: 1872
  • Port: Belfast

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Retention of oil on board in the engine room bilges to be pumped ashore and not all officers can operate MFDSC.
  2. Nine deficiencies were marked as ISM, which demonstrate there was objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.
  3. The emergency room quick closing valve was in need of repair and the escape light was extinguished.
  4. The magnetic compass can not be seen from steering position and there was no effective means of taking a bearing.
  5. The following were not found on board as expected charts 1752 & 1753, radio log, voyage or passage plan and compass correction log. The forward draft marks were incorrect.

VESSEL #3

  • Vessel Type: General Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Netherlands
  • Classification Society: LR
  • GRT: 2862
  • Port: Hull

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. The vessel was detained in Hull as suspected cargo shift occurred during loading operations. It could not be determined if the cargo was appropriately stowed, and secured, throughout its intended journey.
  2. The emergency generator remote fuel shut off valve was not labelled.
  3. An A-60 fire door was secured in an open position.
  4. There was an oil leak on the thermal oil pipe flange and CPP header tank pipe.
  5. The rescue boat search light was not working and the port liferaft painter was not secured to weak link of HRU.

VESSEL #4

  • Vessel Type: Other Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: NKK
  • GRT: 57789
  • Port: Tyne

Summary of deficiencies:

The crew were unable to demonstrate three way valve automatic operations and seven deficiencies were marked as ISM, which demonstrate there was objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.
fire doors were not self closing;

  1. There was a safety railing not rigged.
  2. The chart correction log was not up to date.
  3. There was no hand washing material at the galley sink or cleaning materials for galley surfaces.
  4. There was a lack of provisions on board and no fresh water testing had been carried out.
  5. There being no dates or information on food in storage and food found defrosting in hand washing sink.
  6. There was a crack in between the support bracket and deck, between casings on the upper deck.

VESSEL #5

  • Vessel Type: Other Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Cook Islands
  • Classification Society: GL
  • GRT: 2827
  • Port: Avonmouth

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. The vessel was detained in Avonmouth as nine deficiencies were marked as ISM, which demonstrate there was objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.
  2. Several life saving appliance related deficiencies were identified including the operational readiness as during the abandon ship drill securing ropes and covers needed to cut away whilst there was not a satisfactory standard training on operation of life saving equipment.
  3. During the fire drill the CABA was not correctly rigged and there was a lack of ability to effectively deal with an emergency.
  4. The lifebuoy light portside was not working.
  5. Several fire dampers were not closing correctly.
  6. The moveable aft hold bulkhead were not properly secured and 2 INMARSAT transceivers did not complete satisfactory test.
  7. The gangway net was missing along with the pilot ladder was broken and draught marks forward were not readable.
  8. The sewage system pipework in the engine room had a temporary repair and the sewage holding tank vented directly into the engine room.
  9. The voyage passage plans and records of rest were found not as expected.
  10. Food storage areas were dirty and the freezers needed cleaning and de-frosting.
  11. However the food was allowed to thaw whilst cleaning was carried out and then the food was re-frozen.
  12. There was also a security related defect.

VESSEL #6

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Marshall Islands
  • Classification Society: NKK
  • GRT: 6001
  • Port: Silver Town

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. The vessel was detained in Silvertown as the load lines (including Exemption) was not filled in for annual survey and eleven deficiencies were marked as ISM, which demonstrate there was objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.
  2. Several life fire fighting related deficiencies as numerous internal fire doors not closing properly.
  3. Unable to open the fire hose box and one fire hose was leaking.
  4. Breathing apparatus sets had empty bottles along with one set having a low alarm inoperative, one set an air leak and EEBD set was undercharged.
  5. During the fire drill crew entered fire with empty bottles and the hose was too short.
  6. The crew lacked familiarity when operating GMDSS equipment.
  7. There was a lack of cleanliness in the galley and nautical publications had not been updated.
  8. Sounding pipes on the main deck and engine room springs were seized.
  9. The ventilator was holed in the forecastle.
  10. Hydraulic controls were leaking on to the main deck and flanges on aux engine turbo chargers were exposed.
  11. The hot water pipes in the staff accommodation needed insulating along with the shower mixes being put in working order.
  12. The voyage data recorder was unable to be switched on and the long range identification and tracking system was inoperative.
  13. The vessels International Anti-fouling- System certificate, oil record book SOLAS number one poster and records of rest were incomplete.

VESSEL #7

  • Vessel Type: Multi-Purpose General
  • Flag: Antigua & Barbuda
  • Classification Society: GL
  • GRT: 1499
  • Port: Blyth

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. The vessel was detained in Blyth as there was a lack of familiarity and training regarding the bridge operation along with the voyage passage plan not be as required.
  2. Navigation records were not kept up to date and the manning specified by the minimum safe manning document were not as required and nine deficiencies were marked as ISM, which demonstrate there was objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.
  3. Vessel damaged after grounding included the hull and ballast tank were holed, the propeller and rudders were also damaged.
  4. The magnetic compass was not readable from conning position.
  5. The TV in the wheelhouse is to be removed.
  6. Records of rest and cargo ship safety equipment certificate were not found as expected.

VESSEL #8

  • Vessel Type: General Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Antigua & Barbuda
  • Classification Society: LR
  • GRT: 3660
  • Port: Liverpool

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. The vessel was detained in Liverpool because there were 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.
  2. The main engine was defective.
  3. The engine room was very oily in some areas.
  4. The five year service on the immersion suit in the engine room had expired.
  5. 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.
  6. The deck officer was not familiar with launching the starboard life raft by davit.

VESSEL #9

  • Vessel Type: General Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Panama
  • Classification Society: RMRS
  • GRT: 1972
  • Port: Birkenhead

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. 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.
  2. The crew/officers records of rest were not signed.
  3. The crew accommodation was no longer provided with steam heating.
  4. The galley needed cleaning.
  5. There was insufficient fruit and vegetables on board.
  6. The crew showers and toilets were dirty and the shower curtains missing and the laundry washing facilities were inadequate.
  7. The lifejacket lights were out of date; the aft deck was slippery underneath the deck generator and several fire doors were tied open.

VESSEL #10

  • Vessel Type: General Cargo Ship
  • Flag: Unregistered
  • Classification Society: N/A
  • GRT: 106
  • Port: Lowestof

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. The vessel was detained in Lowestoft because the main fire pump was inoperative and there was no alternative fire pump outside the machinery space.
  2. There were insufficient liferafts.
  3. The sanitary water system was inoperative and there was no fresh running water to the galley, pantry and shower room.
  4. There were no nautical publications and charts were incomplete for the operational area.
  5. Insufficient provisions for the intended voyage and medicines were out of date.
  6. 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.

Transport Canada Vessels’ Detention Information

OOW - PSC Monthly Report Transport Canada

2013.05.23 - Monthly PSC Report For April 2013 Figure 4

The picture above shows the number of detentions on various Port under the authority of Transport Canada PSC.

VESSEL #1

  • Vessel Type: Bulk Carrier
  • Flag: Marshall Islands
  • Classification Society: BV
  • GRT: 38022
  • Port: Prince Rupert

Summary of deficiencies:

  1. Other (Machinery)
  2. Gauges, thermometers, etc.
  3. Emergency lighting, batteries and switches
  4. Fire pumps and its pipes
  5. Provisions (Quantity)

The above information have been gathered mainly from PSC MoUs websites as well as from various Coast Guard Authorities and may serve only as reference for the inspections being carried out each month onboard merchant vessels. The consistency of the information may differ between MoU since there are slight differences on the way each organization presents the inspection info as well as due to the fact that some countries are member in more than one PSC MoU. For more information on the inspections carried out please refer to each organization’s website.

Sources used for the development of this report:

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