Tuesday, 16 September 2014

HUMBER COASTGUARD COORDINATING SEARCH AND RESCUE AFTER HELICOPTER CRASHES

Humber Coastguard are co-ordinating the search and rescue operation after a helicopter crashed into the sea, close to cliffs, off Flamborough Head Lighthouse.

The aircraft is believed to have been returning to Humberside Airport when the incident occurred.

The Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a call at 1340 this afternoon that a small helicopter had gone into the water below the cliff, between the lighthouse and Flamborough Head Golf Course.

A coastguard officer was winched down to assess the crash site by the search and rescue helicopter from Leconfield.  

Other rescue resources sent to the scene are:   Bridlington, Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay and Filey Coastguard Rescue Teams, the Scarborough Coastguard Sector Manager and the Bridlington and Flamborough lifeboats. The Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Ambulance and Humberside Police are also attending the incident. 


The shoreside area around the scene has been cordoned to allow rescue efforts to continue.

Friday, 12 September 2014

QUIZ THE COASTGUARD AT SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW

The way the Coastguard coordinates search and rescue operations on our coast and out at sea is changing.


A new national network of 10 coordination centres is being set up, with a new National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Hampshire at the heart.

The public and sailors alike will now get the chance to learn more about the changes at this year’s Southampton Boat Show. Coastguards will be on stand J029 in Mayflower Hall from 12 – 21 September 2014.

Tristam Newey, Coastguard Commander at the NMOC, said: 

“Changes being made to the Coastguard will see a new national network which will be able to balance out the workload between all of our Coastguards around the country. This means they’ll be a much bigger and better support network able to step in and help out if one of our UK centres is dealing with multiple incidents.”

More than 2,000 leisure craft have been helped by the Coastguard in the past year alone (1 September 2013 – 1 September 2014). The incidents ranged from boats running out of fuel, dismasted yachts, to vessels running aground and boats taking on water and then sinking.

The response to all these search and rescue incidents will remain the same with the new set up. Coastguard Rescue Teams, lifeboats, rescue helicopters and other rescue units that are sent out to help will be unaffected.

Tristam added:

“The key thing for people to remember is that we’re still here to help you. If you get into difficulty, or spot someone else in trouble, please call 999 and ask for the Coastguard or contact us via VHF DSC or VHF Channel 16.”

Thursday, 11 September 2014

NATIONAL MARITIME OPERATIONS CENTRE COORDINATES FIRST RESCUE

The National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) has coordinated its first rescue since the handover from Solent Coastguard.

The process of transferring operations has been taking place this week and were completed today. This means the NMOC now looks after the patch of coastline from Beachy Head in East Sussex to the Hampshire / Dorset border.

A Pan Pan message was picked up by the NMOC just after 3pm this afternoon. It was from a boat which had broken down to the east of Isle of Wight. An RNLI lifeboat from Selsey was sent to the scene and towed the vessel back to shore.

For further details on the NMOC, please click here.

LUCKY ESCAPE FOR RIB TRIO

Three people and their dog had a lucky escape off Anglesey earlier today (Thursday 11 September) when they were thrown from a RIB which then circled them at high speed while they were in the water.

The incident has underlined the need to use a kill-cord – the device that is attached to a RIB-driver and immediately shuts down the motor when the wearer moves away, or is thrown, from the cockpit. In the past, deaths and horrific injuries have been caused by the propellers of high-powered, out-of-control boats to people who have fallen out.

In this case, the occupants managed to avoid the circling RIB and swim to nearby rocks at Rosneigr Beach . They were picked up by a boat and taken to the shore unscathed; the RIB was quickly brought under control. The RIB’s occupants told Holyhead Coastguards, who were alerted at 1230pm by the local surf shop, that the driver had removed the kill-cord to inspect a deflated buoyancy chamber and they had been thrown out of the craft when the throttle had been activated. 

Duty Watch Manager at the Holyhead Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, Barry Priddis, said: “This incident might have had a far more tragic conclusion and the occupants of the RIB had a very lucky escape.  Kill-cords should be worn at all times, regardless of whether a boat is stationary or under way.  All too often coastguards deal with sometimes horrendous incidents where a kill-cord is removed only temporarily.”

Monday, 8 September 2014

NEW NATIONAL COASTGUARD OPERATIONS CENTRE OPENS

The new National Maritime Operations Centre (NMOC) in Hampshire becomes operational for the very first time this week.

Operations from Solent Coastguard, which looks after Hampshire, Isle of Wight and parts of Sussex, are being transferred over from today. The handover of Portland Coastguard, which covers Dorset and East Devon, will start on Monday 15 September 2014. 

The changes to Her Majesty’s Coastguard will see the NMOC and 10 other Coastguard Operation Centres around the UK work together to manage the workload. This means in a search and rescue incident there will be a much bigger and better support network available nationally.

There will be no reduction in rescue resources. The availability of Coastguard Rescue Teams, lifeboats, rescue helicopters and other rescue units will be unaffected.


Mark Rodaway has moved across from Portland Coastguard and taken up a new role at the NMOC. He said:

“The public won’t notice any difference to the way search and rescue missions are responded to. If you call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, or issue a mayday broadcast, we will still be here to help you.

“The only change is that we now have a new centre that will be able to oversee and assist with operations around the whole of the UK, with a mix of experienced personnel alongside Maritime Operations Officers that have chosen to pursue an exciting career with the Coastguard.

I am incredibly grateful to the staff both at Solent and Portland Coastguard, who have served their region and local communities with great dedication and professionalism over many years. I am pleased that a good number of them are staying with the Coastguard and have relocated to roles at our new national centre.”

47 Coastguards are now based at the new centre near Fareham. Once the new national network is complete by the end of 2015, there will be 96 Coastguards based at the centre.

Matthew West, who has moved from Solent Coastguard to the NMOC, said:


“Coastguards at the NMOC have been through an extensive training programme in the past few months, including live exercises with lifeboats and Coastguard Rescue Teams. It’s an exciting time for us, as we now have a new state-of-the-art operations centre where we can put our knowledge and skills to good use in coordinating search and rescue missions.”

The new national network is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of 2015.

WALKERS TRAPPED BY TIDE AT BEACHY HEAD

Eight people were rescued by lifeboat this evening after they became trapped by the tide at the base of the cliffs at Beachy Head.

Dover Coastguard received a 999 call from a friend of the group who knew they were in difficulty.  Dover Coastguard sent the Coastguard Rescue Team from Eastbourne and requested the launch of the RNLI inshore and all weather lifeboats to find the group. The five children and three adults were taken ashore by lifeboat from the base of the cliffs.


Dover Coastguard Watch Manager said,

‘The group set off to walk from Birling Gap to Eastbourne and as the walk took longer than expected they were trapped by the incoming tide.  Always check tides and conditions before you set off so that you don’t get caught out.”

Friday, 5 September 2014

FIVE FOREIGN FLAGGED SHIPS UNDER DETENTION IN THE UK DURING AUGUST 2014

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that five foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during August 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.
During August, there was one new detention of a foreign flagged vessel in a UK port.   Four vessels remained under detention from previous months and one vessel was released during August.  A total of four vessels remain under detention at the end of August.
 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 (2009/16/EC as amended), 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 of flags with 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 the deficiency is so serious that it has to be rectified before departure, then the ship may be detained.
 4. All deficiencies should be rectified before departure if at all possible.
 5. 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 (SMC) or if there is no SMC, then 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 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.


SHIPS DETAINED IN AUGUST 2014
Date and Place of Detention: - 29 August 2014, GrimsbyVessel Name: - SALTINAGT: - 5087IMO No: - 9492933                                                           Flag: -  Malta (White List)Company: - V Ships USA LLCClassification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV) & Lloyds Register (LR)Recognised Organisation for ISM: Lloyds Register (LR)Summary: - 12 deficiencies with 4 grounds for detention

Defective Item
Nature of Defect
Ground for Detention

05199 Other (radio communication)

Other

11113 Launching  arrangements for rescue boats
Not as required
07123 Operation of Fire protection systems
Lack of familiarity
Yes
11124 Embarkation arrangement survival craft
Not properly maintained
Yes
11124 Embarkation arrangement survival craft
Inoperative
Yes
04114 Emergency source of power - Emergency generator
Not properly maintained
Yes
04103 Emergency, lighting,batteries and switches
Not properly maintained
02103 Stability/strength/loading information and instruments
Not as required
18408 Electrical
Not as required
14199 Other (MARPOL Annex I)
Other
18425 Access / structural features (ship)
Not as required
11101 Lifeboats
Not properly maintained
 This vessel was still detained at 31 August 2014

DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS

Date and Place of Detention: - 30 July 2014, Cardiff
Vessel Name: - DORIS TGT: - 1973IMO No: - 7626748                                                           Flag: -  Antigua and Barbuda (White List)Company: - Interscan Schiffahrtsges mbHClassification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)Summary: - 7 deficiencies including 3 grounds for detention

Defective Item
Nature of Defect
Ground for Detention
11101 Lifeboats
Not properly maintained

10101 - Pilot ladders and hoist/pilot transfer arrangements
Unsafe

07113 - Fire pumps and its pipes
Not as required
Yes
04109 - Fire drills
Lack of knowledge
Yes
10117 - Echo sounder
Inoperative

10103 - Radar
Insufficient

15150 - ISM
Not as required
Yes
 This vessel was released on 15 August 2014.


 Date and Place of Detention: - 12 November 2013, Tyne
Vessel Name: - DONALD DUCKLINGGT: - 36801IMO No: - 9137961                                                          Flag: - Panama (White List)Company: - TMT Company LtdClassification Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)Recognised Organisation: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)Recognised Organisation for ISM: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)Summary: - 12 deficiencies including 4 grounds for detention

Defective Item
Nature of Defect
Ground for Detention
9204 Safe means of access
Not as required

14104 Oil filtering equipment
Not as required
Yes
13105 UMS - Ship
Malfunctioning

9132 Cold room temperature
Not as required

1107 Safety Management Certificate (SMC/ ISM)
Not properly filled

13102 Auxiliary engine
Not as required
Yes
9211 Steam pipes and pressure pipes
Not as required

2105 Steering gear
Not properly maintained

13101 Propulsion main engine
Not as required
Yes
13107 Other (machinery)
Other

13101 Propulsion main engine
Not as required

15150 ISM
Not as required
Yes
 This vessel was still detained at 31 August 2014

Date and Place of detention: - 8 November 2010, Birkenhead
Vessel Name: - MOST SKY (General Cargo)GT: - 1,972IMO No: - 9389370                                                           Flag: - Panama (White List)Company: - ER Em DenizcilikClassification 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: - 18 deficiencies including 2 grounds for detention
This vessel was still detained at 31 August 2014

Date and Place of detention: 4 March 2010, Lowestoft
Vessel Name: - CIEN PORCIENTO (General Cargo)GT: - 106IMO No: - 8944446                                                           Flag: - UnregisteredCompany: - Open Window IncClassification Society: - UnclassedRecognised Organisation: - Not applicableRecognised Organisation for ISM: - Not applicableSummary: - 30 deficiencies including 7 grounds for detention
 This vessel was still detained at 31 August 2014