Sunday, 30 September 2012


A single-handed yachtsman was rescued from the sea off Cornwall this morning after his personal locator beacon alerted the Coastguard.

Falmouth Coastguard received the alert from the personal locator beacon at 10.30am. The position of the beacon was in the Brixham Coastguard’s area and so they took-over coordination for the rescue and asked the Royal Navy Rescue helicopter from Culdrose and the RNLI All-weather lifeboat from Fowey to go straight to the scene.

When the helicopter arrived they found the yacht at 11.20am but couldn’t see anyone onboard. They found the yachtsman in the water a little way from the vessel. It’s believed that the yachtsman, who had been travelling from Port Mellion back to his base at Plymouth, had been in the water for around an hour. He was airlifted to hospital at Treliske for medical attention and two members of the RNLI Lifeboat crew from Fowey sailed the yacht back to Fowey.

David Colmer, Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager said:

“Today’s rescue shows the value of being well equipped. The lone yachtsman was wearing a lifejacket and the full standard waterproofs including gloves and hat. He was unlucky enough to fall overboard whilst trying to execute a tricky manoeuvre but was saved by his personal locator beacon that alerted the search and rescue coordination services.

”Now it’s easy to see why H.M. Coastguard recommends that single handed yachtsmen should use personal locator beacons. They should also wear a lifejacket at all times whilst on deck. These lifejackets should be well maintained and have a sprayhood and whistle if possible.”



Friday, 28 September 2012


A fisherman was rescued this afternoon after he had spent around two and a half hours in the sea, after he fell overboard from his fishing vessel.

The man was pulled out of the water after he was spotted floating by another fishing vessel, Codonga 2, around 16 miles off Robin Hoods Bay. Humber Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre received a mayday from 'Codonga 2' at 3.26pm. The RNLI lifeboat from Whitby went immediately to the scene and from there they brought the fisherman back to shore where he is now receiving medical attention.

'Codonga 2' had been contacted by the fisherman's wife asking them to keep a look out for her husband as his vessel was overdue. They spotted his fishing boat in an unusual position and went to investigate at which point they found him in the water without any personal floatation device. It's believed he drifted five miles from where he fell in. Luckily his boat had drifted with him.

Graham Dawson, Humber Coastguard Watch Manager, said: This gentleman is extremely lucky to have survived this amount of time in cold water, particularly without a lifejacket.

If you are worried about someone who hasn't returned to shore, call 999 and ask for the Coastguard, and we will take the appropriate action. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency recommend that commercial fisherman should wear a personal floatation device or lifeline whilst working on the deck of a vessel at sea.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Seven Foreign Flagged Ships Under Detention In The UK During August 2012

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that seven foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during August 2012 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

Latest monthly figures show that there was one new detention of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during August 2012 and six vessels remained under detention from previous months. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.01% this is slightly down from Julys twelve month rate.

Out of the detained vessels four were registered with a flag state listed on the Paris MOU white list, one was registered with a flag state on the grey list, none were registered with a flag state on the black list, one was unregistered and one was registered with a flag state that was not included on the Paris MOU white, grey or black lists.

1. In response to one of the recommendations of Lord Donaldsons 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 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 Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Where a ship is found to be deficient or lacks the required documentation, Maritime and Coastguard Agency 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 Thetis. 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 ships name, the flag state and the ship s International Maritime Organization (IMO) number which is unchanging throughout the ships life and uniquely identifies it.
The company shown in the vessels 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).
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.


Date and Place of detention: - 6 August 2012 Tyne
Vessel name: - Sam Phoenix (Bulk Carrier)
GT: - 22,137
Imo No: - 9588407
Flag: - Hong Kong
Company: - Univan Ship Management Ltd
Classification Society: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Bureau Veritas (BV)/ Lloyds Register of Shipping (LR)
Summary: - eleven deficiencies including two grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Tyne for four days because the rescue boat would not hoist unless the brake was physically held down. Also 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.
Other deficiencies included: some crew were not meeting the hours of rest requirements; the means of escape from the main deck was locked from the outside; the remote wires operating the four engine room louvres were broken; the emergency generator, funnel and air conditioning room ventilators could not be closed; numerous fire doors did not close and latch or the latches were broken.
In addition the bottom step of the starboard gangway was damaged; an electrical connection near the forecastle was unsafe and port liferaft overside light and lower foremast light were inoperative.
The vessel was released on 9 August 2012.


Date and Place of detention: - 19 June 2012 Portland
Vessel name: - Terry Siete (General Cargo Ship)
GT: - 3,120
Imo No: - 8405933
Flag: - Panama
Company: - PM Shipping International SA
Classification Society: - International Maritime Bureau
Recognised Organisation: - Panama Maritime Documentation Services Inc (PMDS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Panama Maritime Documentation Services Inc (PMDS)
Summary: - forty deficiencies including twelve grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Portland because the fire damper was seized and the MF/HF Radio Installation was inoperative. Significant findings related to the structure and watertight integrity including: significantly corroded and holed bulkhead between the cargo hold and ballast tank; two areas where corrosion had holed accommodation bulkheads; corroded and ineffective closing devices on hold vents and missing focsle hatch cover securing arrangements. Also corroded and holed access trunking, cargo hold cable gooseneck and focsle hatch cover. Deficiencies marked as ISM were objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.
The inspection was suspended and the vessel detained with the requirement that the Master request the attendance of the Flag State or Registered Organisation to oversee repairs and confirm rectification of the noted deficiencies and also carry out additional surveys.
The vessel was still detained at 31 August 2012.

Date and Place of detention: - 11 June 2012 Liverpool
Vessel name: - Henty Pioneer (Oil Tanker)
GT: - 992
Imo No: - 8416475
Flag: - Nigeria
Company: -
Classification Society: - Lloyds Register of Shipping (LR)
Recognised Organisation: - None
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - None
Summary: - ten deficiencies including ten grounds for detention. Subsequent visits to the vessel found additional deficiencies amounting to a total of thirteen of which ten were detainable.

The vessel was detained in Liverpool for seventy-nine days because the statutory certificates were not on board (Cargo Ship Safety Equipment Certificate, Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate, Cargo Ship Safety Radio Certificate, Document of Compliance (ISM), Safety Management Certificate (ISM), Load Line Certificate, Prevention of Pollution Certificate, International Air Pollution Prevention Certificate and International Ship Security Certificate. The copies of the certificates were confirmed by the flag state to be forged. Also the crew for the intended voyage, as specified in the minimum safe manning document, were not on board.
The vessel was released on 28 August 2012.

Date and Place of detention: - 23 May 2012 Glasgow
Vessel name: - Fingal (General Cargo)
GT: - 1,409
Imo No: - 8324658
Flag: - Curacao
Company: - Lee Shipping Company
Classification Society: - Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation: - N/A
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: - fourteen deficiencies including five grounds for detention. Subsequent visits to the vessel found additional deficiencies amounting to a total of sixteen of which five were detainable.

The vessel was detained in Glasgow for seventy-one days because the bulkhead at frame 108 was cracked, the side shell frame 111 was detached, the side shell frame 110 was buckled, top of frame 113 and deckhead bracket were missing and the bulkhead on frame 112 was not repaired as required. There were a number of deficiencies which were objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of implementation of the ISM code on board the vessel.
Other deficiencies included: the identity cards on the inflatable liferafts were not completed; the whistle was missing from the bridge lifejacket; air pipe closing devices were not secured properly; the stability information provided was not in the working language of the vessel; line throwing appliances were not ready for use and some charts had not been updated.
The vessel was released on 1 August 2012.

Date and Place of detention: - 9 September 2011 Liverpool
Vessel Name: - DYCKBURG
GT: - 3,660
IMO No: - 9195913
Flag: - Antigua & Barbuda
Company: - Werse Bereederungs Gmbh
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 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. Other deficiencies identified included: the main engine was defective; also 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; in addition the deck officer was not familiar with launching the starboard life raft by davit.
The vessel was still detained at 31 August 2012.

Date and Place of detention: - 8 November 2010 Birkenhead
Vessel Name: - MOST SKY General Cargo
GT: - 1,972
IMO No: - 9389370
Flag: - Panama
Company: - ER Em Denizcilik
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. Other deficiencies identified included: 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. In addition the lifejacket lights were out of date; the aft deck was slippery underneath the deck generator and several fire doors were tied open.
The vessel was still detained at 31 August 2012.

Date and Place of detention: 4 March 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: - 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 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 (Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon) (EPIRB); fire extinguishers and the fire hose nozzle.
The vessel was still detained at 31 August 2012.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012


At a hearing today at Walsall Magistrates the owner of a Staffs & Worcester Canal Boat pleaded guilty to four charges under Government safety legislation. He was fined £10,000 plus costs of £4,654.33.

The UK registered Canal Boat Hatherton Belle is a 20 metre vessel that had been adapted to carry up 45 passengers along the Staffs & Worcester Canal from Calf Heath Marina.

The owner, local businessman Andy Small who also operates a bar next to the Marina, used the canal boat to take paying parties on cruises along the canal. It was brought to the attention of the MCA that the Hatherton Belle had no Passenger Ship Safety Certificate or Domestic Management Certificate.

Mr Small was served with a Prohibition Notice as the Canal Boat lacked safety equipment. Mr Small ignored the Prohibition Notice and continued to take paying passengers on cruises along the canal. When interviewed by MCA Enforcement Officers he admitted breaching the Prohibition notice and not having any formal Boatman qualifications to allow him to captain cruises.

In passing sentence the Chairman of the Magistrates said "Ignoring the detention notice is a very serious offence. We have taken a significant amount of time to consider this case.”

Mr Colum Leggett, Area Operations Manager for the Wales and Western Region of the MCA stated "Although the thought of a cruise down the canal may be attractive, safety equipment and procedures need to be in place to prevent potential incidents that may result in a loss of life.”


The National Contingency Plan for Marine Pollution from Shipping and Offshore Installations has been re-written and interested parties are being asked to comment.

The plan is the blueprint for how the UK would respond to offshore pollution from shipping and offshore installations. The revisions have particularly focused on the areas of;

v command, control, communications and operations

v environment, scientific and technical advisory activity

v shoreline response and the Civil Contingency Act Coordination

v waste management

v claims and legal aspects of national incident response

The consultation will run for 8 weeks until 12 November 2012. The document can be found at

All responses will be considered and it is expected that the final updated version of the National Contingency Plan will be published in the winter of 2012.

Notes to Editors
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Sunday, 16 September 2012


Two people on board a power boat have been rescued from the sea following a racing event this afternoon in Weymouth Bay.

At 2.29pm Portland Coastguard was alerted to an accident involving a power boat which had flipped over.  The two crew on board had both been injured.  The vessel was in the area of Weymouth Town Beach and the harbour entrance.

The casualties were recovered from the water and to enable a quick transfer to hospital, the most severely injured casualty was taken aboard the Weymouth RNLI lifeboat and winched by the Portland Coastguard Rescue Helicopter to fly onwards to Southampton General Hospital.

The second casualty was transferred to Southampton General Hospital by the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Helimed 10.

Wyke Regis Coastguard Rescue Team was on scene at Weymouth and Southampton Coastguard Rescue Team was called out to secure the helicopter landing site.

A report has been made to the MAIB, (Marine Accident Investigation Branch).

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


Dover Coastguard is appealing for information about the whereabouts of a swimmer thought to be missing in or around Dover Harbour this evening.
The Coastguard received a call from a member of the public at 7.00 pm this evening to report that the person had been seen swimming out towards the harbour entrance and had then disappeared from view.
Dover Coastguard instructed the Langdon Coastguard Rescue Team to begin a shoreline search. Dover RNLI Lifeboat was requested to launch and was joined in its search by the Police Boat ‘Delta 99’ and the harbour tug ‘Dauntless’. An RAF rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham was also scrambled and began a search using its forward looking infrared camera.
Dover Coastguard Watch Manager Tony Guy says:
“We searched the area both inside and outside the harbour this evening for three hours, but by 10.00 pm we had saturated the area and had found no sign of the missing swimmer. The decision was therefore taken to terminate the search. The swimmer was last seen wearing a pink swimming hat and swimming out towards the harbour entrance. If you have any information about the possible whereabouts of the missing swimmer please call us on 01304 210008.”

Tuesday, 11 September 2012


Brixham Coastguard picked up a distress alert from the fishing vessel Girl Rhona at 11:24am, informing them that a fishing vessel had capsized 2.5 miles off Berry Head, Brixham and they had managed to retrieve two of the three fishermen from the water.

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter was scrambled from Portland and the Torbay RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch. A Mayday broadcast was put out to shipping in the area and a number of vessels including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight have offered assistance in the search currently being coordinated by Brixham Coastguard.

Brixham Coastguard, says:

The vessel is a 15m beam trawler operating out of Brixham, two of the three crew have been rescued but the third was still on board when the vessel capsized. The search is ongoing.

Friday, 7 September 2012


Two crew aboard a 27 foot motor cruiser were rescued off Poole Harbour this afternoon after reporting a potential fire aboard their vessel.

Portland Coastguard intercepted a call on VHF Channel 16 from the motor cruiser at 12:53pm.  The crew were reporting a potential fire on board; their position given was 1.5 nautical miles east of Poole Harbour entrance.

Poole RNLI inshore lifeboat and all weather lifeboats were requested to launch and a local vessel in the area stood by the casualty in case the situation deteriorated further. 

John Braisher, Portland Coastguard said:

“The motor cruiser had departed Poole bound for the Isle of Wight when smoke was discovered in the engine room. The two crew aboard quickly closed the hatch cover and alerted us immediately.

We advised them to keep clear of the hatch cover and put on their lifejackets until help arrived; unfortunately they were not carrying lifejackets or a life raft aboard their vessel.

Poole RNLI lifeboats arrived on scene and took the crew aboard the inshore lifeboat whilst the all weather lifeboat towed the vessel into Poole Harbour where they were met by a Dorset Fire and Rescue Unit who entered the engine room and confirmed that there was no fire but it was wiring that was smoking. Coastguard Rescue officers from Poole were also in attendance at Poole Harbour.  

It is essential that when going afloat to carry properly maintained lifejackets for each member of the crew aboard and to be appropriately trained.

There were 95 maritime deaths in the last five years which might have been prevented if those involved had been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid. These figures were collated following the annual meeting of the Casualty Review Panel in March. The panel looked at fatal maritime incidents for 2011 and, where there was sufficient information, assessed whether it was probable, possible or unlikely that the person involved could have been saved had they been wearing a lifejacket or buoyancy aid.”

Sunday, 2 September 2012


The MSC Flaminia has left its holding position 20 miles south of Lands End and is now being towed to German territorial waters.

The departure of the ship follows approval from the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands for the vessel to travel through their waters. The journey to German territorial waters is expected to take between four and five days.

-Ends –

Notes to Editors

1.      At 0909 hrs UTC on 14 July 2012 MRCC Falmouth was advised that the 75,590 GT German Flag container ship MSC FLAMINIA had suffered a fire and explosion in position 48 13.0N: 027 46W. The German owned vessel, was on passage from Charleston, USA to Antwerp, Belgium and was laden with a cargo of 2876 containers (4808 TEU equiv) – 149 being classed as Dangerous Goods (DGs). The MSC FLAMINIA suffered considerable damage however a team of international independent experts inspected the vessel on 28 August 2012 and consider that her residual strength is still sound and sufficient for her to remain intact for onward towage to a place of refuge.

Saturday, 1 September 2012


Five crew were rescued from a liferaft this evening after their fishing vessel ‘Chloe T’ began to sink 17 nautical miles south west of Bolt Head.

Brixham Coastguard received a distress alert from the vessel at just before 4.20pm. The vessel reported that they were taking on water in the engine room. They immediately sent the RNLI lifeboat based at Salcombe and the Royal Navy Rescue Helicopter from Culdrose to the scene. They broadcast a warning to vessels in the area asking vessels in the vicinity to head for the scene. ‘Maersk Patras’, ‘Amber J’, ‘Brittany Ferry ‘Armorique’, ‘Dart Angler’ and ‘Lady Maureen’ responded.

After the fishing vessel lost power and the pumps failed all the crew of the Penzance based registered fishing vessel number TZ1186 took to the liferaft. The ferry ‘Armorique’ and ‘Maersk Partas’ reached the scene first and stood-by the liferaft until the helicopter arrived and winched the crew to safety. The five crew are now safely back on shore and Brixham Coastguard are liasing with the owner over salvage of the vessel.

 Brixham Coastguard Watch Manager David Colmer said:

“The actions of this crew almost certainly resulted in them all being rescued from this dangerous situation. They called the Coastguard at an early stage, all wore lifejackets and took to the life raft when the situation onboard deteriorated.”



Four people and a child were rescued from a sinking speedboat this afternoon. The boat began taking on water while anchored off Bournemouth Beach for the Bournemouth Air Festival.

At 2 pm one of four adults on board the Fletcher speedboat called Portland Coastguard by dialling 999 to report that their vessel was taking on water. When they called they told the Coastguard that they were standing in ankle-deep water and didn’t have lifejackets.

Whilst the RNLI lifeboats from Poole (which had been stationed off Bournemouth Pier) made its way to the scene, the child was passed from the speedboat to a small yacht. Just before the Poole Lifeboats arrived on scene the speedboat sank and the four adults were rescued from the water. The lifeboats took them to Bournemouth Pier for medical treatment.

Portland Coastguard Watch Manager Ros Evans said;

“They were very lucky to survive as they had no lifejackets, flares or radio. If the lifeboats had not been in the area they would have been unlikely to have kept themselves afloat for long.

”H.M. Coastguard recommends that motorboaters should wear a lifejacket at all times whilst on deck. These lifejackets should be well maintained and should have a sprayhood and whistle if possible.”