Foreign Flagged Ships Detained in the UK During April 2021

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that six foreign flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports during April 2021 after failing port state control (PSC) inspection.

New detentions

During April, there were two new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port.

  1. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldson’s inquiry into the prevention of pollution from merchant shipping, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) publishes details of the foreign flagged vessels detained in UK ports each month.
  2. 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 THETIS. This allows the ships with a high risk rating and poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.
  3. Inspections of foreign flagged ships in UK ports are undertaken by surveyors from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. When a ship is found to be not in compliance with applicable convention requirements, a deficiency may be raised. If any of their deficiencies are so serious, they have to be rectified before departure, then the ship will be detained.
  4. All deficiencies should be rectified before departure.

Notes on the list of detentions:

  • Full details of the ship: The accompanying detention list shows ship’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number which does not change throughout the ship’s life and uniquely identifies it. It also shows the ship’s name and flag state at the time of its inspection.
  • Company: The company shown in the vessel’s Safety Management Certificate (SMC) or if there is no SMC, then the party otherwise believed to be responsible for the operation of the ship at the time of inspection.
  • Classification society: The list shows the classification society responsible for classification of the ship only.
  • Recognised organisation: Responsible for conducting the statutory surveys and issuing statutory certificates on behalf of the flag state.
  • White (WL), grey (GL) and black lists (BL) are issued by the Paris MoU on 01 July each year and shows the performance of flag state.
  • Deficiencies: The deficiencies listed are the ones which were detainable. Further details of other deficiencies can be provided on request.

Ships detained in April 2021

Vessel Name: BULKER BEE 20

GT: 15545

IMO: 9586588

Flag: Malta (white list)

Company: Q-Shipping BV

Classification society: RINA

Recognised organisation: RINA

Recognised organisation for ISM Doc: RINA

Recognised organisation for ISM SMC: RINA

Date and place of detention: 1st April 2021 at Hull

Summary: Eight deficiencies with one ground for detention

Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
15150 – ISM Not as required Yes

This vessel was released 10th April 2021

Vessel Name: RIVER ELBE

GT: 1951

IMO: 8602945

Flag: Panama (white list)

Company: Wakes & Co. Ltd

Classification society: Polish Register of Shipping

Recognised organisation: Dromon Bureau of Shipping

Recognised organisation for ISM Doc: Dromon Bureau of Shipping

Recognised organisation for ISM SMC: Dromon Bureau of Shipping

Date and place of detention: 12th April 2021 at Sheerness

Summary: Nineteen deficiencies with six grounds for detention

Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
07108 – Ready availability of firefighting equipment Not properly stowed Yes
10133 – Bridge Operation Lack of familiarity Yes
10116 – Nautical publications Expired Yes
10135 – Monitoring of voyage or passage plan Not as required Yes
11104 – Rescue Boats Damaged Yes
15150 – ISM Not as required Yes

This vessel was still detained 30th April 2021

Detentions carried over from previous months

Vessel Name: SIRIUS 1

GT: 211

IMO: 8964161

Flag: Nigeria (Unknown)

Company: Ambrey Limited

Classification society: Phoenix Register of Shipping

Recognised organisation: Phoenix Register of Shipping

Recognised organisation for ISM Doc: N/A

Recognised organisation for ISM SMC: N/A

Date and place of detention: 7th November 2020 at Southampton

Summary: Eleven deficiencies with two grounds for detention

Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
01213 – Evidence of basic training Expired Yes
01220 – Seafarers’ employment agreement (SEA) Not as required Yes

This vessel was still detained on 30th April 2021

Vessel Name: SIRIUS 2

GT: 211

IMO: 8977699

Flag: Nigeria (Unknown)

Company: Ambrey Limited

Classification society: Phoenix Register of Shipping

Recognised organisation: Phoenix Register of Shipping

Recognised organisation for ISM Doc: N/A

Recognised organisation for ISM SMC: N/A

Date and place of detention: 12th November 2020 at Southampton

Summary: Twenty deficiencies with five grounds for detention

Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
01329 – Report of inspection on MLC, 2006 Missing Yes
01804 – Electrical Unsafe Yes
01199 – Other (certificates) Other Yes
10126 – Record of drills and steering gear tests Not as required Yes
01326 – Stability information booklet Not approved Yes

This vessel was still detained on 30th April 2021

Vessel Name: LIVA GRETA

GT: 851

IMO: 8801072

Flag: Latvia (white list)

Company: Regulus SIA

Classification society: RINA

Recognised organisation: RINA

Recognised organisation for ISM Doc: RMRS

Recognised organisation for ISM SMC: RMRS

Date and place of detention: 11th January 2020 at Birkenhead

Summary: Nine deficiencies with two grounds for detention

Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
11113 – Launching arrangements for rescue boats Inoperative Yes
15150 – ISM Not as required Yes

This vessel was still detained on 30th April 2021

Vessel Name: POSEIDON

GT: 1412

IMO: 7363217

Flag: Iceland (White list)

Company: Neptune EHF

Classification society: NA

Recognised organisation: NA

Recognised organisation for ISM Doc: DNV-GL

Recognised organisation for ISM SMC: N/A (SMC issued by Flag)

Date and place of detention: 19th July 2018 at Hull

Summary: Ten deficiencies with two grounds for detention

Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
02106 – Hull damage impairing seaworthiness Holed Yes
07113 – Fire Pumps Insufficient Pressure Yes

This vessel was still detained on 30th April 2021

Vessel Name: TECOIL POLARIS

GT: 1814

IMO No: 8883290

Flag: Russian Federation (Grey list)

Company: Tecoil Shipping Ltd

Classification society: RMRS

Recognised organisation: RMRS

Recognised organisation for ISM DOC: RMRS

Recognised organisation for ISM SMC: RMRS

Date and place of detention: 6th June 2018 at Immingham

Summary: Twenty-seven deficiencies with six grounds for detentions

Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
10104 – Gyro compass Inoperative Yes
10127 – Voyage or passage plan Not as required Yes
15150 – ISM Not as required Yes
11104 – Rescue boats Not properly maintained Yes
11101 – Lifeboats Not ready for use Yes
01117 – International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) Invalid Yes

This vessel was still detained on 30th April 2021

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 DOC: Not applicable.

Recognised organisation for ISM SMC: Not applicable

Date and place of detention: 4 March 2010, Lowestoft

Summary: Thirty deficiencies including seven grounds for detention

This vessel was still detained on 30th April 2021

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