Sunday, 25 November 2012

CAPSIZED JETSKIERS FOUND OFF TENTSMUIR POINT


Two men whose jetski capsized have been found and taken to hospital, following a 2½ hour search.

The search began at 2.20 pm this afternoon after the Broughty Ferry RNLI Inshore Lifeboat had gone to assist some other jetskiers in the group who had broken down The lifeboat then became aware that two additional jetskiers were in difficulty because they had capsized their jetski and were in the water.

The inshore lifeboat reported the plight of the capsized jetskiers to Aberdeen Coastguard. The Coastguard requested the Broughty Ferry and Arbroath RNLI all weather lifeboats to launch and join the inshore lifeboat in a search for the two men. A rescue helicopter from RAF Boulmer and the police helicopter ‘Police 51’ were scrambled and also participated in the search. Three coastguard rescue teams from Carnoustie, Arbroath and St Andrews along with the St Andrews Coastguard Sector Manager undertook a shoreline search.

Steve Quinn, Aberdeen Coastguard Watch Manager says:

“We were very concerned for the safety of the two jetskiers but I am pleased to say that they were found at about 4.45 pm, 2 ½  miles south-east of Tentsmuir Point. They believed that their jetski had sunk. They were both wearing drysuits and lifejackets, which certainly would have contributed significantly to their ability to stay afloat for long enough for us to find them. However, they were not carrying any communications equipment (such as vhf radio or personal locator beacon) which would have helped us to find them much more quickly.

The two men were found by the Arbroath Lifeboat and taken onboard. The RAF rescue helicopter then airlifted them from the lifeboat to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee.”

THREE KAYAKERS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING KAYAKING INCIDENT

Three kayakers have been recovered from Loch Fyne after one of their kayaks capsized this morning.

Belfast Coastguard received a 999 call at 6.00 am this morning from the kayakers to report that one of their party was in the water and that they needed assistance. The RNLI inshore lifeboat from Tighnabruaich was requested to launch and the Coastguard rescue helicopter from Stornoway was scrambled.

Once on scene the three kayakers were located at the water’s edge and recovered from the water by the lifeboat, then taken to shore for onward transport by ambulance to hospital.

Steve Carson, Belfast Coastguard Watch Manager says:

“We were very concerned for these three kayakers. We were able to find them relatively quickly and they have all now been taken to hospital.

In general, we would like to take this opportunity to give the following safety advice to kayakers:

Ensure that someone at home knows your passage plan including points of arrival and departure, timescale, number in group and other relevant information. Check weather forecasts and ensure that your skill levels are appropriate for where you are kayaking. Wear a buoyancy aid and check that equipment is functioning properly, that your distress flares are in date and are stowed where you can reach them.

Carry a vhf marine band radio (fitted with DSC if possible). Learn how to use it and practice with it. Call the Coastguard if you get into difficulty, preferably via channel 16 on your radio or if not by calling 999 and asking for the Coastguard.”

Friday, 23 November 2012

THIRTEEN FOREIGN FLAGGED SHIPS UNDER DETENTION IN THE UK DURING OCTOBER 2012

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

Latest monthly figures show that there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports during October 2012 and seven vessels remained under detention from previous months. Only four vessels remained under detention at the end of October. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months was 3.4% this is slightly up from September’s twelve month rate.

Out of the detained vessels ten were registered with a flag state listed on the Paris MOU white list, one was registered with a flag state on the grey list, one was registered with a flag state on the black list, one was unregistered and none were 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 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 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 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.



SHIPS DETAINED IN October 2012

Date and Place of detention: - 10 October 2012 Kyle of Lochalsh
Vessel name: - SOLUNDOY (Other Special Activities)
GT: - 265
Imo No: - 9158654
Flag: - Ireland                                                                   
Company: - The Solundoy Trading Company Limited
Classification Society: - None
Recognised Organisation: - None
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Not Required
Summary: - Thirteen deficiencies including two grounds for detention

The vessel was detained as the loadline marks on both sides submerged even when loading only partly completed and the Captain’s certificate was not appropriate for the vessel and the Mate did not hold any certification.
Other deficiencies identified were the deck log book entries were inadequate; there was no evidence of electronic charts being updated and the deviation table was overdue. The records of rest were not as required and there was no table of working hours posted. The original medical certificate of fitness for one crew member was not on board and the Watch Rating Certificate for another member had expired. The engineer’s flag state endorsement was missing along with the Nautical publications missing and the garbage record book was not maintained.

The vessel was released on the 13 October 2012.


Date and Place of detention: - 11 October 2012 Chatham
Vessel name: - CLAVIGO (General Cargo/Multi Purpose)
GT: - 2,446
Imo No: - 9014688
Flag: - Antigua & Barbuda                                           
Company: - Wessels Reederei GMBH & amp; Co KG
Classification Society: - Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation: - Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
Summary: - Eighteen deficiencies including three grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Chatham due to the Captain being arrested for being drunk and the ship was not manned in accordance with the Minimum Safe Manning Document; charts for operational area were missing and due to nine deficiencies being marked as ISM, there was objective evidence of serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code.

Other deficiencies found were the Gyro compass repeaters missing on the port bridge wing and steering gear room whilst the main mast light was being held on with string. Some charts for the voyage or passage planning were missing or expired. The rating of the main engine was not in agreement with the Safe Manning Document. The CO2 distribution pipework on main deck needed securing.  There were a number of fire detection related deficiencies including detectors not working; fire doors held open with rope; alarm instructions not in working language and inoperative in the engine room. Some emergency lighting and several lights were not working. The embarkation arrangement for survival craft was not maintained as the rope was rotten and there was no winnets on the port side. The Aft lifebuoy with light the holder was damaged. The hours of rest records for crew were not as required for 14 September.

The vessel was released on the 15 October 2012.


Date and Place of detention: - 16 October 2012 Tyne
Vessel name: - BOURBON ENTERPRISE (Offshore)
GT: - 3,052
Imo No: - 9480772
Flag: - Luxembourg                                                       
Company: - Bourbon Offshore Surf SAS
Classification Society: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
Summary: - Thirteen deficiencies including two grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in the Tyne because there was hull damage impairing seaworthiness due to the shell plating deformed and breach in way of ballast tank number 10.  Also there being objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code.
Other deficiencies identified included a security related defect. The fire control plan does not show Fire Fighting Appliances as fitted; numerous self-closing fire doors do not close or have been left on the latch and the galley range fire extinguisher would not have worked due to the pin being left in place. The emergency lights were not working in the fireman’s locker deck and also the aft mast indicator light does not work on the navigation light panel. One window has been replaced with clear plastic and the deadlight was missing; there was an open pipe penetration from the engine room to the main deck. No endorsement for the in-water survey completed on 31/5/12 had been entered on certificate. The railings on the port side were less than one metre in height. Battery indicators in lifeboats show low voltage. The hours of rest records for crew were not as required for 21 to 22 September.

The vessel was released on the 27 October 2012.


Date and Place of detention: - 19 October 2012 Avonmouth
Vessel name: - AFRICAN ORYX (Bulk Carrier)
GT: - 15,888
Imo No: - 9138692
Flag: - Bahamas                                                              
Company: - Universal Overseas Ship Management
Classification Society: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: - Twenty-six deficiencies including one ground for detention

The vessel was detained in Avonmouth due to there being objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code.

A number of fire protection related deficiencies were found on board including the air quality certificate for SCBA air compressor not being on board, there was no means to test the fire detection system, the heat detector system or manual alarm points. Fire extinguishers were unfit for use as they were found to have perished and rotten hoses, the fire main isolation valves were not free to operate as required. The Master and Chief engineer were not familiar with the operation of the fixed CO2 fire fighting system; the crew also showed an inability to use fire fighting equipment correctly during fire drill along with not being familiar with the location of the Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus sets in the engine room and accommodation.
Other deficiencies identified included not reporting non functioning of radar as required by short term SEC; the ships crew unable to demonstrate operation of emergency steering arrangement or operate oxygen meter to verify that the atmosphere is safe for enclosed entry procedure to ballast tank. The sounding pipe cap cannot be properly sealed. The main engine control is only possible from emergency control position; the ships generator is unable to take electrical load and the external engine control for one of the lifeboat’s not functional. The GMDSS battery charger unit was broken; an emergency supply fan had a damaged electric switch box; the Simplified voyage data recorder battery had expired and the annual test had not been carried out. Floor tiles in the provision room handling area were cracked or missing and the area was in an unhygienic condition. In the galley and the mess rooms the oven controls did not work and the dishwasher did not work; Water faucets in the galley and mess rooms do not function and the hot water supply was discoloured at sample points. The vessels magnetic compass has excessive deviation and deviation card incorrect and the quality of fuel oil on board was not suitable.

The vessel was still detained at 31 October 2012.


Date and Place of detention: - 22 October 2012 Tees
Vessel name: - ENNERDALE (Gas Carrier)
GT: - 4,227
Imo No: - 9151448
Flag: - Singapore                                                            
Company: - Epic Ship Management Pte Ltd
Classification Society: - Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
Recognised Organisation: - Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
Summary: - Eight deficiencies including three grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Tees as the GMDSS radio installation does not run on reserve power/battery and the emergency fire pump was unable to supply any water pressure. Six deficiencies marked as ISM were objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code.

Other deficiencies identified were that the rescue boat would launch but the engine was unable to give sufficient speed. The emergency generator auto start testing key switch was inoperative and the breaker was not staying in; there are fire extinguisher holding brackets broken and test procedures of manual call points not functioning. The gas detection alarm was inoperative on starboard poop deck by entrance to accommodation. 

The vessel was released on the 25 October 2012.


Date and Place of detention: - 25 October 2012 Lowestoft
Vessel name: - FENDERCARE INDEPENDENCE (Ship to Ship Support Vessel)
GT: - 382
Imo No: - 7342380
Flag: - Sierra Leone                                                       
Company: - Fendercare Marine Ltd
Classification Society: - International Register of Shipping (IS)
Recognised Organisation: - International Register of Shipping (IS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - N/A
Summary: - Twenty-six deficiencies including twelve grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Lowestoft as the fire fighting equipment and appliances are not as required or ready and available due to the fire hose coupling does not fit hydrant, fireman’s axe not available with fireman’s outfit and fire hose nozzle is missing from the fire box. The forward engine room watertight doors emergency escape was not watertight and the ventilator had wire leading through to prevent correct closing. The vessel had fuel oil tank vent flame gauzes split on two tanks; two fire dampers on the main deck not operating as required; the deadlight in the galley and laundry were not operational; holes drilled in external bulkheads; the manhole to chain locker not fitted when vessel proceeds to sea. The entrance to dangerous spaces safety procedures were not in use and safety equipment was not made available at entrance along with no risk assessment being in place for any activity. Amendments for the vessels name and usage had not been made in the stability book.

Other deficiencies identified were the master had not reported any incident regarding navigation to the company as required and the magnetic compass deviation card over two years old with no records of error maintained. The muster list did not show person responsible to maintain fire fighting and life saving equipment nor substitute for key personnel. The anti fouling declaration is no longer applicable and there were obstructions of winch wire leading over walkways; the fenders not towed as required in the safety manual resulting in a hazardous situation and the steering compartment were not sealed. The engine room plating was insufficiently supported; was missing inspection covers and along with the shaft bilges containing oil, the steering gear compartment had oil soaked rags in the way of steering gear. Electrical devices were found not as required including light diffusers missing, redundant wiring hanging loose in connections and junction boxes were missing covers.  The vessel had a lifebuoy missing, one not of an approved type and two lifebuoys had non operational lights.  The hours of rest records were not in approved format and not signed by crew.  The Master and chief engineer were working excessive hours. The oil record book in use had been superseded.

The vessel was released on the 31 October 2012.


DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS

Date and Place of detention: - 24 September 2012 Hartlepool
Vessel name: - STEVNS OCEAN (Off-Shore)
GT: - 512
Imo No: - 9224960
Flag: - Denmark                                                              
Company: - Nordane Shipping A/S Denmark
Classification Society: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: - Seventeen deficiencies including two grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Hartlepool because the fire detection and alarm system were inoperable and the deficiencies marked as ISM were objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.

Other deficiencies found were: not all crew members were having sufficient rest hours, the starboard Man Over Board light was inoperative and the echo sounder was inoperative. Records in the magnetic compass error log and the sewage discharge book were not complete. When the vessel was revisited to be released, there was no safe means of access rigged from shore to ship and no security in place to meet the PSCO a there was a lack of training evident during the fire and abandon ship drill.

The vessel was released on the 03 October 2012.

Date and Place of detention: - 25 September 2012 Cardiff
Vessel name: - ULUSOY- 8 (Bulk Carrier)
GT: - 14852
Imo No: - 9458250
Flag: - Turkey                                                                  
Company: - Ulusoy Deniz Yollari Isletmeciligi AS
Classification Society: - Bureau VERITAS (BV)
Recognised Organisation: - Bureau VERITAS (BV) and Lloyd’s Register (LR)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Bureau VERITAS (BV)
Summary: - Twenty-one deficiencies including four grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Cardiff as the starting of the main engine was unsatisfactory. Crew were not familiar with the safe procedure for the launch and recovery of the lifeboat. Oily bilge water was found at the after end on the tank top.. Deficiencies marked as ISM were objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.

Other deficiencies identified included: The main engine bridge control was not operational; steering gear alarm not working. The gangway ladder was rigged in dangerous manner and there was an unsatisfactory repair to handle rail; the oil record book was incomplete; a mooring line was found with one section spliced with different diameter rope. Some fire doors were not shutting properly. A fire hose had to be replaced and the main fire line relief valve was leaking. Temporary fresh water supply fitted to galley and there was no hot water supply either. The accommodation and food store was found to have an infestation of cockroaches and the meatroom temperature was too high. There was a lack of personal protection of crew as only one set of Self Contained Breathing Apparatus for dangerous goods but two were listed in the documentation.

The vessel was released on the 02 October 2012.


Date and Place of detention: - 27 September 2012 Silvertown, River Thames
Vessel name: - NIN (Bulk Carrier)
GT: - 17928
Imo No: - 9211547
Flag: - Malta                                                                      
Company: - Tankerska Providsa
Classification Society: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - Bureau Veritas (BV)
Summary: - Eleven deficiencies including four grounds for detention

The vessel was detained at Silvertown on the River Thames as there was a lack of control and communication during the fire drills as the wrong location of the fire was reported and no BA drill carried out. There were sounding caps missing on deck to double bottom tanks and bilges. All the deficiencies were marked as ISM and were objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.

Other deficiencies found included that the Chief Officer did not comply with the risk assessment/work permit resulting in the Chief Officer (C/O) falling into the river. The oxygen meter did not show 20.9% of oxygen as required. Some of the sight glasses were gagged, the light was not working at the pilot boarding point. Some charts and nautical publications had expired. The air trunking was holed in the fire control locker.

The vessel was released on the 01 October 2012.


Date and Place of detention: - 28 September 2012 Southampton
Vessel name: - RIVER KING (General Cargo)
GT: - 794
Imo No: - 8324581
Flag: - Belize                                                                    
Company: - Marco Polo Maritime Ltd
Classification Society: - International Naval Surveys Bureau (INBS)
Recognised Organisation: - International Naval Surveys Bureau (INBS)
Recognised Organisation for ISM: - International Naval Surveys Bureau (INBS)
Summary: - Eleven deficiencies including three grounds for detention

The vessel was detained in Southampton as there was no evidence of an internal audit within three months as required for Safety Management Certificate interim certification. The emergency fire pump was unable to produce sufficient pressure and the deficiencies marked as ISM were objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code.

Other deficiencies found were the muster list was not as required for abandon ship procedure; there was a lack of training to operate MF radio Installation. The crew were not sufficiently familiar with operation of CO2 system and the system directional valve was very stiff. There was no authorisation for the carriage of grain held by vessel, even though records show grain carried in last month. There was no evidence of use of NAVTEX since 02 September 2012, and passage planning was not being completed. The hours of rest records for crew were not as required for September 2012.

The vessel was released on the 03 October 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 October 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 October 2012.


Date and Place of detention: 4 March 2010Lowestoft
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 October 2012.