The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that 26 foreign ships were
under detention in UK ports during March 2004 after failing Port State Control safety inspection.
Latest monthly figures show that 20 foreign ships were detained in UK
ports during March 2004 along with 6 other ships still under
detention from previous months. This contrasts with only 4 ships
detained in February. The overall rate of detentions compared with
inspections carried out over the last 12 months is 6.3% which is an
increase of 0.3% on the detention rate to February. Half of the ships
detained in March were targeted by the Paris MOU for priority
The ships detained in March included the following:
* a Liberian, 5320 GT, 1983, reefer for 5 days in Sheerness. A total
of 39 deficiencies were recorded, including charts not corrected,
fire dampers inoperative, NUC lights missing and total failure of on
board safety management system
* a Brazilian, 27123 GT, 1983, bulk carrier for 24 days in Tilbury
with 16 recorded deficiencies. Fire dampers inoperative, hydrants,
hoses and nozzles defective, nautical publications out of date and
extensive deck corrosion requiring renewal of steel work.
Deficiencies indicate failure of on board safety management system.
Class suspended and ship released for one off voyage to Rotterdam for
* a Cypriot, 10944 GT, 1985, oil tanker for 3 days following
mandatory expanded inspection in Hull. Deficiencies included non
compliance with SOLAS requirement for double sheathed HP fuel pipes
and unsatisfactory fire and abandon ship drill with lack of
communication and poor response from crew
* a St Vincent Grenadines, 475 GT, 1978, refrigerated cargo ship for
2 days in Aberdeen. Deficiencies included charts and nautical
publications out of date, crew working in excess of maximum hours
allowed under ILO178, no schedule of work and no record
being maintained, no flag State endorsements for mater and officers.
* a Bahamas, 2026 GT, 1993, general cargo ship for overloading in
Glasgow. The winter loadline mark was submerged 13 centimetres after
allowing for dock water density. Ship allowed to sail following
discharge of excess cargo.