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Bulk Carrier Detained in UK

By MarEx 2014-09-05 11:37:00

During August, there was 1 new detention of a foreign flagged vessel in a UK port. 4 vessels remained under detention from previous months and 1 vessel was released during August. A total of 4 vessels remain under detention at the end of August.

On 29 August 2014, in the port of Grimsby, the Malta-flagged SALTINA was held on 12 deficiencies with 4 grounds for detention. The ship is managed by V Ships USA LLC, owned by Switzerland's Massoel Meridian, and was classed by Bureau Veritas (BV). This vessel was still detained as of 31 August 2014.

Some listed safety issues include: improper lifeboat maintenance, lack of familiarity with fire protection systems, and improper maintenance of the emergency generator.

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.

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.