The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that seven foreign ships
were under detention in UK ports during July 2004 after failing Port State
Control safety inspection.
Latest monthly figures show that there were 5 new detentions of foreign
flagged ships in UK ports during July 2004, along with 2 other ships still
under detention from previous months. This represents a decrease of 2 new
detentions in comparison to June. The overall rate of detentions compared
with inspections carried out over the last 12 months is 6.1% which is a
decrease of 0.3% compared to June's 12 month rate.
On the 2nd July 2004 a Ukrainian flag, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping
classed, passenger vessel, carrying 384 passengers and 233 crew was detained
for 1 day at the London International Cruise Terminal, Tilbury. An inspection
was carried out in conjunction with London Port Health Authority. A total
of 21 deficiencies were recorded including means of escape not marked, door
closures not properly maintained, fire dampers not marked, radar inoperative,
nautical publications not up to date.
Port Health Officers were concerned to find food stores and galleys infested
with cockroaches and poor quality of drinking water. A pest control company
was called in by the ship's local agents to carry out cockroach treatment in
relevant areas. Tests on the drinking water system revealed that the chlorine
in the drinking water was not being adequately controlled. Other food hygiene
deficiencies included poor standard of cleaning in operational food production
areas, food not kept at safe temperatures and unsatisfactory personal hygiene
standards. Measures were put in to place to rectify the deficiencies.
An Irish flag, Russian Maritime Register of Shipping classed, general
cargo ship was detained in Southampton on 28th July 2004. The ship was in
a poor condition with 49 deficiencies recorded. The Irish Administration
was requested to attend and to inform the MCA when it was considered that
the ship met the requirements of the relevant International conventions.
The ship is still under detention at the end of July.
Following the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility
Security Code on 1st July 2004, a Russian flag, Russian Maritime Register of
Shipping classed, general cargo ship was detained in Tilbury on 6th July 2004
for an invalid International Ship Security Certificate and ISM certificates,
which did not reflect the recent change of management