Friday, 29 October 2010

COASTGUARD RESCUE GOATS FROM CLIFFS

At just after 3pm this afternoon, a 999 call alerted Humber Coastguard to a number of goats that had gone over the cliffs at Waxholme, near Withernsea, East Yorkshire.

The owner of the goats said that the herd had been attacked by two husky dogs, and it was thought one of the goats had been killed. The remaining goats had run away, straight over cliffs, and were stuck in mud and injured.

Humber Coastguard sent a number of Coastguard Rescue Teams to carry out the rescue. These teams were from Withernsea, Hornsea, Easington and Bridlington.

When the teams arrived at the scene the weather conditions were poor with very high winds. The goat’s owner said that she would attempt to rescue them herself but the team reassured her that they would rescue the goats.

The whole operation took two hours and a pregnant Nanny goat, along with a small kid goat were successfully lifted to safety.

Mike Puplett, Watch Manager Humber Coastguard said :
“We will always attempt to rescue animals, when there is a risk persons may attempt this task. This outcome was even happier as the initial goat survived the attack, and looks likely to recover.”
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POLISH SAIL TRAINING VESSEL LOSES MAST IN FORCE 9

A Polish registered Sail Training Vessel ‘Fryderyk Chopin’ is awaiting assistance after losing one of its two masts 99 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly.Container Vessel ‘Andromodar’, Bulk Carrier ‘Cornelia’ which are both 6 hours away and a large Fishing Vessel ‘Nova Spirro’ which is expected on scene in 12 hours. Rescue helicopter 193 from RNAS Culdrose is on standby on the Isles of Scilly.

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The master of the vessel has requested immediate assistance at 8:03am, stating they were in danger of losing their second mast and was currently experiencing severe weather conditions of Severe Gale Force 9.
Falmouth Coastguard put out a broadcast to shipping for assistance and 3 vessels are currently on route the
James Instance, Regional Coordination Centre Manger, Falmouth Coastguard, says:
"There are currently 47 people aboard the training vessel, no injuries have been incurred and the vessel is awaiting tow. We are constantly monitoring the situation and staying in touch with the Master."
If you are concerned about a family member or friend call the Polish Consulate on 0207 291 3914.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

FIRE SERVICE PERSONNEL & CREW EVACUATED FROM DAMAGED ‘ATHENA’

Specialist Fire Service personnel from Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service who were earlier taken out to the fish factory ship, the ‘Athena’, which was being held off Falmouth, have now been evacuated from the vessel.

In total 28 personnel were taken off earlier this evening by a mix of helicopter, Falmouth lifeboat, the ‘LK Mitchell’, a Falmouth pilot boat and local vessel ‘SMS Volonia’.

Remaining personnel which included an MCA marine casualty officer; a member of the harbour masters staff and ship crew have also come off the vessel as a result of the danger of fumes and chemicals being held on board. Porthousestock and Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Teams were sent to meet those being evacuated.

Earlier the fire service personnel had been deployed on board and were boundary cooling in the processing area where the initial fire was located.

The Secretary of State’s Representative in Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) Hugh Shaw, has now taken over control of the situation and is establishing a salvage control unit in Falmouth.

A contract has now been signed between the ship owners and a consortium consisting of tug operator JP Knights and Smit Salvage.

The abandoned vessel which is being held under tow by the Anglian Princess will now be moved out to deeper water beyond the harbour limits, whilst further plans are being made of the vessel by the salvage team which will require the approval of SOSREP. An Environment Group has also been set up and SOSREP has taken their advice on the various options available.


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

WOMAN AIRLIFTED FROM BEACH AFTER SUFFERING FALL

Milford Haven Coastguard have been coordinating assistance this afternoon to a 30 year old woman who had fallen at Skrinkle Haven near Tenby in Wales, and suffered what appeared to be a broken wrist or arm.

The woman who was staying at Manorbier, had fallen near to a cave and was now on rocks to the west of the beach. Her young son (aged 11) was with her at the time along with another youngster, aged 14. The tide was coming in and there was no access out of the area, which allowed her evacuation from the area only by sea. Another member of the public who had witnessed the accident called the Coastguard for assistance.

The Tenby Coastguard Rescue Team were immediately turned out and the RNLI Tenby All weather Lifeboat with their ‘Y’ boat on board was also asked to launch. A rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor was also scrambled given the inaccessibility of the area.

The weather on scene late this afternoon was southwesterly winds force 5 to 7 with moderate seas and squally showers.
From reports at the beach it was decided that conditions were too rough to effect either a cliff rescue or sea evacuation and the rescue helicopter landed on the beach and administered first aid to the woman who was in acute pain. It then took all three people off to Withybush hospital.


Nigel Yelland, Watch manager at Milford Haven Coastguard said

“The area in which the woman was exploring can be quite challenging in wet weather, and rocks can become very slippery underfoot. We’re advising that as the autumnal weather becomes more hostile please wear the most appropriate clothing and footwear for the coastal areas you intend to walk, and make sure you have some method of communication to the outside world.”


FALMOUTH COASTGUARD ALERTED TO FISH FACTORY SHIP ON FIRE

At just after 6.00 am this morning Falmouth Coastguard were alerted to a major fire on board the 89 metre Faroese registered fish factory ship ‘Athena’ which is 230 miles south west of the Isles of Scilly and 270 nautical miles  west of the Pointe Du Penmarche at Brittany. The vessel has 111 people on board.

The Master of the ‘Athena’ evacuated 81 non essential personnel to liferafts whilst his remaining crew continued to fight the fire which is located in the port side forward processing area of the vessel. The Master has indicated that the fire is lessening, although it is not out yet.

A Falcon 50 fixed wing aircraft was scrambled from a French airfield to provide a communications link and a Royal Navy helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was scrambled to the Scillies to refuel. Due to the distances a rescue helicopter would only have 20 minutes above the scene before having to return for fuel.

Falmouth Coastguard relayed the mayday signal into the area and 5 ships responded to the emergency call. The nearest, the ‘Vega’, a container ship, is now on scene and attempting to take on board those mix of crew who abandoned to the liferafts. There are a mix of nationalities on board the ‘Athena’ including, Chinese, Russian, Peruvian and Scandinavian personnel.

The weather on scene currently are south westerly winds of force 5 – 6 with a moderate sea.

The operation is continuing.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

OWNER OF RED SURF BOARD SOUGHT BY FALMOUTH COASTGUARD

Her Majesty’s Coastguard and Devon and Cornwall Police are jointly appealing this evening for the owner of a red surfboard to come forward and both claim his or her board and stand down an ongoing search.

Earlier today, a major search was launched in Watergate Bay near Newquay when an old fashioned single fin, seven foot, dark red surf board was located on the beach after being washed up in line with the restaurant. The board has had a fresh wax and the leash is intact. A velcro strap attached was open. It was found by a local family who were on the beach at the time.

The police have had no reports of missing individuals and the Newquay Coastguard Rescue Team were turned out to begin a search for any other evidence such as discarded clothing. The weather conditions on the beach have been a 2 – 3 foot surf with a cross shore wind most of the day.

One surfer described the board belonging to a male in his 20s wearing a black wetsuit, who was last seen at around .

Both Newquay RNLI lifeboats were also launched to search the surf line and deeper water.

A rescue helicopter was also launched from the Royal Naval Air base at Culdrose and swept the shoreline. An extensive area was covered by sea, air and land units but to no avail.

All unit have now been stood down pending further information.

Mark Thomas, Duty Watch Manager at Falmouth Coastguard said

“If anyone has further information as to the identity of the owner of the board they are encouraged to ring Falmouth Coastguard on 01326 317575 as soon as possible.”

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CLIFF WALKER LOCATED AFTER SEARCH

At just after 5.00 pm this evening, Humber Coastguard received a call from a 60 year old man who reported that he thought he was stuck at Skirlington, on Skipsea beach, near the caravan park. The tide was coming in, and he was unable to make it off the beach.

The Hornsea Coastguard Rescue Team was immediately turned out to assess the situation in case a rescue from seaward was required, whilst Humber Coastguard attempted to clarify as darkness fell, exactly where the stranded man was on the beach, a distance of about 6 miles from Hornsea. A rescue helicopter, R 128, was also scrambled.

Peter Macauley, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard said

“In trying to locate where exactly the man was on a very long stretch of beach, we identified with the stranded man that he had set off walking from Skirlington towards Skipsea at around 2.30 pm this afternoon. He had gone down onto the beach at approximately 3.45 pm to make the return walk to Skirlington. He described that he had passed a wooden house with a caravan parked next to it, about 200yds from his position.

“He thought that he had missed the path back up at Skirlington. He was, at the time, stood on a pile of mud and estimating that he had about 5 minutes prior to water being knee to waist deep in water. He had considered climbing the cliff, but described that it was mud and crumbling in various places and seemed also dangerous. He described being able to see two lights at sea both in direction of Bridlington and approximately 1 mile apart.

“At just after 6.00 pm the Coastguard Team fired a white parachute flare to light the scene whilst a Coastguard vehicle searched the cliff northwards. The rescue helicopter also conducted a search from the air and finally located the man at Atwick, considerably further south than he had realised and met with the Coastguard Team. Fortunately the man needed no medical assistance and he was very grateful for the attention given to his plight.

Peter continued

“He did exactly the right thing this evening by asking for the Coastguard through the 999 system, and trying to identify his own location, as much as possible, in the gloom to assist us. Fortunately the weather was reasonably benign this evening which no doubt assisted in locating him.”



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DOVER COASTGUARD PICK UP VESSEL IN DISTRESS ON RADAR

At 13.06 pm, a Coastguard on radar duty at Dover Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) spotted a shadow on his screen that was unlike the usual ship symbols on his radar.

The position was quickly identified as three miles off the entrance to the Port of Dover.  An attempt to communicate with the vessel by VHF radio was unsuccessful.  The vessel was heading for Dover but was being carried by the wind and the currents backwards at 3 knots.

The wind at Dover at the moment is Gale force 8 winds with rough seas.

The vessel was identified as being a converted Dutch river barge with three people onboard.  The vessel is on passage from Nieuport, Belgium to Dover, and is 65 feet long with a 14 foot beam. 3.3 foot draught and weighs 33 tons.

Dover Coastguard requested the launch of the Dover RNLI lifeboat to go to the position of the vessel and confirm their situation and assist as necessary.

Once the lifeboat arrived with the vessel, they were able to communicate with the crew and ascertained that they were indeed in distress. They were taking water and struggling with the weather conditions, all crew were wearing lifejackets. Unfortunately their VHF radio was not working well enough for them to able to communicate with the Coastguard.

The lifeboat now has safely towed the vessel to the Port of Dover, in extremely challenging conditions.

Tony Evans, Watch Manager, Dover Coastguard said:

The weather conditions are not favourable at the moment in the Strait of Dover for any vessel. The wind is blowing at 35 Knots/40 mph.

Dover Coastguard is the only station to have the use of radar in monitoring shipping as required by the CNIS (Channel Navigation Information Service).  In this particular incident, the professionalism of the radar operator has averted an incident which could have had a different outcome.

Monday, 25 October 2010

BREACH OF INTERNATIONAL REGULATIONS PLACES MAJOR SHIPPING COMPANY IN COURT

At a hearing today in Newcastle Magistrates Court, the Owners of the UK registered container ship Maersk Patras pleaded guilty to eight charges of failing to provide adequate hours of rest for the crew and one charge of failing to improve the situation.
 
In September 2009, the MCA conducted an audit on board the Maersk Patras at Bremerhaven. It was noticed that the Captain, Officers and other crew members had not been having the required periods of rest as laid down by international agreements.
 
The company, A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S of Denmark, were informed of these concerns but failed to correct matters and the breaches of the regulations continued. On the 25th January 2010, the MCA issued the company with an Improvement Notice which required them to rectify the position by the 28th February 2010.  They also failed to comply with that notice.
 
A.P.Moller-Maersk were fined £18,500 plus costs of £4,439.27
 
Neil Atkinson, Marine Surveyor, Maritime and Coastguard Agency said:
 
 “Fatigue is often a significant factor in accidents, whether it is to individuals or to the ship itself. For this reason the MCA are focusing on seafarer’s hours of rest during routine inspections of UK and foreign flag vessels.  This conviction should send a strong message to the industry that failing to provide adequate hours of rest for the crew is not acceptable.”
 
Graham Duff, prosecuting on behalf of the MCA said in court:
 
The hours of rest regulations are not just a bureaucratic exercise, they are all about safety.
 
It should go without saying that fatigue, particularly for decision makers on board large vessels, is a very real enemy and presents a significant risk to the safety of others.
 

Sunday, 24 October 2010

HUMBER COASTGUARD REMIND EVERYONE THAT ‘TIME AND TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN’

Humber Coastguard are reminding everyone to check tide tables before they set out after two separate groups of people were cut off this afternoon on the North East coast.

The first incident, reported at just before 3pm by a member of the public, was of four teenagers cut off by the tide on St Mary’s Island. They were seen sheltering by the lighthouse having just left it too late to make the return journey across the causeway.

The second incident was reported by a fisherman just six minutes later. A man and Marley, his black Labrador, were seen stuck on the beach at Ryhope with the tide rising around them.

Because of the rough sea conditions RAF Rescue 131 was called from Boulmer to lift the people (and dog) back to safety from both incidents. Sunderland Coastguard Rescue team made their way to Ryhope just incase the man and dog needed to be evacuated up the cliff face before the helicopter arrived.

Humber Coastguard Watch Manager Graham Dawson said:
“The teenagers weren’t really in any danger from the rising sea but they were wet and cold. The man and his dog only had 30 minutes left before the beach would have been swamped and so were lucky that a fisherman reported their predicament.

“If you are going out please check the tides and make sure you turn back when you need to. Both groups left it just too late but as the saying goes ‘time and tide wait for no man’.

“Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team had difficulty reaching the Ryhope incident because a vehicle was parked on the cliff path. If you are using the coast please remember that emergency vehicles need to get to incidents fast and any delay may cost lives.”

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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

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COASTGUARDS RESCUE ONE MAN AND HIS DOG

At  9pm on Tuesday the 19th October the Corpach Coastguard Rescue team were called out by Clyde Coastguard following a call made to them from Fort William Police reporting a voice or voices coming from the sea somewhere along the Caol shoreline.


 When the Coastguard arrived the Police on scene said they could hear calls for help. Coastguard team members Ewen Leslie, Dawna Connolly and Jason Thurston entered the water wearing dry suits and lifejackets and with high powered torches located a person and assisted the male to shore. He was very hypothermic and was transferred immediately to the Belford Hospital. He was able to report that whilst out in his canoe with his dog he had capsized and had been in the water for over an hour shouting for help.

The Coastguard team remained on scene and carried out a search of the immediate area for the dog and just as they were about to give up heard a dog barking in the distance. The dog, a lurcher called Finnigan, had swam to a nearby Island. The Coastguard team were able to access the Island and rescued the dog which was then reunited with the man’s wife non the worse for his adventure.

Phil Wren, Fort William Sector Manager said:

The man was extremely lucky that a visitor to the area had heard cries for help and rang the Police. The water temperature is only about 5 degrees and the air temperature was close to zero. Luckily he was wearing a lifejacket but the clothing he was wearing was inadequate for immersion in water.

 
 
Issued by fred caygill on 20/10/2010 14:24:17
 
 
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10 FOREIGN SHIPS UNDER DETENTION IN THE UK DURING SEPTEMBER 2010

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that 10 foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during September 2010 after failing Port State Control ( PSC) inspection.
 
Latest monthly figures show that there were 9 new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during September 2010 and 1 vessel under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.5% this is slightly down from August’s twelve month rate.
 
During the month of September178 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK. A total of 65 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 81 had between one and five deficiencies, 17 had between six and ten deficiencies, 11 had between eleven and twenty deficiencies and 4 vessels had more than twenty deficiencies.
 
Out of the detained vessels 8 were registered with flag states listed on the Paris MOU white list, 1 was registered with a flag state on the grey list none were registered with flag states on the black list and 1 was unregistered.
 
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.
 
• Company.
 
• 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.
 
• Classification Society.
 
• 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.
 
• Recognised Organisation.
 
• The "organisation” - responsible for conducting the statutory surveys: and issuing statutory certificates, (on behalf of the Flag State).
 
• Defects.
 
• The 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.
 
Vessels detained in September included:
 
A 1,925 GT General Cargo Vessel was detained in Seaham because deficiencies that had been identified during an inspection in July 2010 had not been cleared. The classification society had raised numerous class conditions one of which was that the vessel did not have a cargo securing manual on board. In addition there were crew certificates without flag state endorsements and the voyage plan was not as required.
 
SHIPS DETAINED IN SEPTEMBER 2010
 
Date & Place of detention 08/09/2010 Fawley - Southampton
Vessel Name: NORD FAST (Chemical Tanker)
GT: 25,382
IMO: No:9316608                                                               
Flag: Singapore
Company: Executive Ship Management Pte Ltd
Classification Society: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Recognised Organisation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Summary: 14 deficiencies, 2 grounds for detention.
 
The vessel was detained in Fawley Southampton for 2 days because the port lifeboat could not be launched as the winch was seized; in addition the LRIT conformance report was not on board. Other deficiencies identified included: several life jackets were in a poor condition; the first aid kits were depleted; various fire doors were not closing when tested; a crew member working on deck dealing with the transfer of lubricating oil was not wearing personal protection equipment and suitable footwear; an able seaman was working on the outboard side of a lifeboat without wearing a harness, he also did not have a permit to work; the Port State Control Officer ( PSCO) was not asked for identification when boarding the vessel, and the master who had had insufficient rest was requested to get 24 hrs rest before the ship sailed. The maintenance of the ship and equipment was not according to the SMS
The vessel was released on 09/09/2010.
 
Date & Place of detention: 10/09/2010 Hunterston
Vessel Name: CLYDENES (General Cargo)
GT: 4,783
IMO No:9101546                                                                
Flag: Malta
Company: AJ Ship Management Gmbh
Classification Society: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Recognised Organisation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Summary: 17 deficiencies 2 grounds for detention
 
The vessel was detained in Hunterston for 4 days because the oily water separator was inoperative. The engine room posed a serious fire risk due to an uncontrolled spillage of fuel oil; it had overflowed from the upper and lower savealls and had spread over the engine room tank tops and platforms. Major non conformities were identified because the engine room staff lacked familiarity with the machinery operation and engine room systems and the resources and personnel were not according to the SMS. Other deficiencies identified included: the chief engineer was not familiar with the operation of the oily water separator and associated piping system; the galley fire detector wiring was exposed due to the cover missing; the starboard side life raft was not connected properly to the HRU; the maintenance of the ship and equipment was not according to the SMS.
The vessel was released on 13/09/2010.
 
Date & Place of detention: 14/09/2010 Seaham
Vessel Name: FINJA (General Cargo)
GT: 1,925
IMO No: 7724564                                                               
Flag: Cook Islands
Company: Reederei Jurgen Ohie Kg
Classification Society: Germanischer (GL)
Recognised Organisation: Germanischer (GL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Germanischer (GL)
Summary: 12 deficiencies 1 ground for detention
 
The vessel was detained in Seaham for 4 days because the deficiencies identified at the last port state inspection on 20/07/2010 had not been rectified, namely expired pilot books, the passage plan had not been completed berth to berth; the flag state endorsement for the master was missing and the cargo securing manual was not on board, and this had been a condition imposed by class on 19/07/2010. In light of this a major non conformity was raised with respect to the maintenance of the ship and equipment which was not according to the SMS. Other deficiencies identified included: the seawater sanitary pipe in the officers’ mess was corroded through and the CO² room lights did not work.
The vessel was released on 17/09/2010.
 
Date & Place of detention 20/09/2010 Flixborough
Vessel Name: BUSE STEVNS (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 1,597
IMO No:8220101                                                                
Flag:  Jamaica
Company: Ferodi Shipping Ltd
Classification Society: Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
Recognised Organisation: Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Registro Italiano Navale (RINA) & Lloyds Register (LR)
Summary: 24 deficiencies 5 grounds for detention
 
The vessel was detained in Flixborough because of the number and nature of the deficiencies identified which was indicative of a failure in the SMS a major non conformity was raised against the vessel. The deficiencies included: a look out was not maintained during the hours of darkness; some weighted cocks in the engine room had handles missing; the galley hot plate was not secured and storm rails were inadequate; the compass was not adequately secured to the base and the compass glass was dirty inside; in addition the compass error book had not been updated since June 2010; the bridge window wipers and clear view screen were inoperative and the ships’ whistle defective.
The vessel was still detained at 30/09/2010.
 
Date & Place of detention 20/09/2010 Tilbury
Vessel Name: GRANDE AMERICA (Ro - Ro Cargo)
GT: 56,642
IMO No:9130937                                                                
Flag: Italy
Company: Inarme
Classification Society: Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
Recognised Organisation: Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Registro Italiano Navale (RINA)
Summary: 35 deficiencies 5 grounds for detention
 
The vessel was detained in Tilbury for 10 days because it was suspected that oil had been discharged into the River Thames from the port fuel tank and the starboard side discharge pipe. A Major non conformity was identified in respect of the maintenance of the ship and equipment which was not according to the SMS.
Other deficiencies found included: the hand rails in the main engine room were broken; the oil tank sight glasses were gagged open and there were fuel/oil leaks from the main engine camshaft.
The vessel was released on 29/09/2010.
 
 
Date & Place of detention 22/09/2010 Mallaig
Vessel Name: RONJA PIONEER (Other Cargo)
GT: 1,256
IMO No:9345520                                                                
Flag: Norway
Company: Solvtrans Management As
Classification Society: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Recognised Organisation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Summary: 8 deficiencies 2 grounds for detention
 
The vessel was detained in Mallaig for 2 days because: there was no international load line certificate or bunker oil pollution certificate available on board. Other deficiencies identified: were the gangway net was not rigged and there was no suitable gangway net available; no entries had been made with regard to oily waste/oily bilge in addition there had been no proper handover of ships papers to the incoming master during the crew change on 22 October 2010;
The vessel was released on 23/09/2010.
 
Date & Place of detention 24/09/2010 Sunderland
Vessel Name: Kommandor Jack (Research Vessel)
GT: 13,181
IMO No:5380376                                                                
Flag: Bahamas
Company: Hays Ships Ltd
Classification Society: Germanischer (GL)
Recognised Organisation Germanischer (GL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: 12 deficiencies 1 ground for detention
 
The vessel was detained in Sunderland for 3 days because: the number and nature of the deficiencies indicated a major failure of the SMS. The deficiencies identified included: false records of rest; the port lifeboat forward fall wire support was corroded through; the lifeboat embarkation ladder side rope was rotten and the port lifeboat engine would not start. In addition some ventilators on the man deck were incapable of being made watertight; the engine room skylight casing was corroded through and the fire main fixed connection was incorrectly fitted as the hose led to ship side valve.
The vessel was released on 26/09/2010.
  
Date & Place of detention 27/09/2010 Avonmouth Dock
Vessel Name: KATARINA (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 18,003
IMO No:8400452                                                                
Flag: Malta
Company: Losinjska Providba
Classification Society: Croatian Register of Shipping ( CRS)
Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: Croatian Register of Shipping ( CRS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Croatian Register of Shipping ( CRS)
Summary: 24 deficiencies 4 grounds for detention
 
The vessel was detained in Avonmouth because; the lifeboat davit sheaves were seized and the sheave mounting brackets were severely corroded. Major non conformities were identified in relation to the maintenance of the ship and equipment and emergency preparedness especially in relation to the maintenance of the lifeboat davits and ballast tanks and the fire drill which showed lack of emergency preparedness were not according to the SMS. Other deficiencies identified included: the records of rest had not been maintained correctly; the engine room table of working hours was missing; there were no records showing that 10 new crew had received basic safety training. In addition there was no sanitary water supplied to some of the cabins and there were no fresh vegetables on board.
The vessel was still detained at 30/09/2010.
 
Date & Place of detention 30/09/2010 Royal Portbury
Vessel Name: MARTIGNY (Bulk Carrier)
GT: 12,578
IMO No:9229867                                                                
Flag:Switzerland
Company: Massoel Meridian Ltd
Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV) & Lloyds Register of Shipping (LR)
Summary: 28deficiencies 3 grounds for detention
 
The vessel was detained in Royal Portbury because major non conformities were identified with regard to the emergency preparedness and the maintenance of ship and equipment which were not according to the SMS. The fire drill showed a lack of preparedness by the officers and the crew, and the maintenance of equipment on board was inadequate. Other deficiencies identified included: the Automatic Identification System (AIS) was not transmitting heading information; the magnetic compass had an unnecessary magnetic clip attached to the gimble ring; the spare magnetic compass was not on board; the old batteries for the GMDSS needed to be removed and the navigation light panel has an alarm when a test is run which indicated a fault with the forward mast light. In addition the bridge man over board lifebuoy quick release was not working correctly and one lifeboat was not ready for use.
The vessel was still detained at 30/09/2010
 
DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS
 
Date & Place of detention: 04/03/2010 – Lowestoft
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: Not applicable
Summary: 30 deficiencies 7 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 and 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.
Other deficiencies found were insufficient provisions for the intended voyage and medicines were out of date. In addition the following items were found to be missing:
distress flares; line throwing appliances; lifebuoys; life jackets with lights; immersion suits; satellite EPIRB (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon); fire extinguishers and the fire hose nozzle.
The vessel was still detained at 30/09/2010.
 
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Notes to Editors
 
The MCA is a partner in the Sea Vision UK campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the sea and maritime activities.  Sea Vision promotes the importance and economic value of the sector and works to highlight the exciting range of activities and career opportunities available to young people within the UK growing maritime sector. www.seavisionuk.org
 
 
                                                                                             
 
For further information please contact
Maritime and Coastguard Agency Press Office, on:
(023) 8032 9401
 
Issued by mark clark on 20/10/2010 12:44:48
 
 
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