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13 ships under detention in UK

The foreign-flagged ships were held in UK ports during October after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

There were 6 new detentions and 7 vessels remained under detention from previous months. Detained ships have to satisfy surveyors that remedial work has been carried out before they are allowed to leave port - only 4 remained under detention by the end of October.

The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last 12 months was 3.4% - slightly up from September's 12-month rate.

Out of the detained vessels:
- 10 were registered with a flag state listed on the Paris MOU White List
- 1 was registered with a flag state on the Grey List
- 1 was registered with a flag state on the Black List
- 1 was unregistered

As well as a range of problems ranging from mechanical breakdowns to cockroach infestation, there were a number of navigation-related deficiencies:
- no evidence of electronic charts being updated, deviation table overdue and nautical publications missing (Special Activities vessel, Kyle of Lochalsh)
- charts for operational area missing and gyro compass repeaters missing (General Cargo, Chatham)
- non functioning radar, voyage data recorder battery expired, magnetic compass excessive deviation and deviation card incorrect (Bulk Carrier, Avonmouth)
- master had not reported a navigation incident and the magnetic compass deviation card over 2 years old with no records of error (Support Vessel, Lowestoft)
- echo sounder inoperative and magnetic compass error log not complete (Off-Shore Vessel, Hartlepool)
- charts and nautical publications expired (Bulk Carrier, Silvertown, Thames)
- no evidence of use of NAVTEX since 2 September and passage planning not completed (General Cargo, Southampton)
- no nautical publications, charts incomplete for the operational area and satellite EPIRB missing (General Cargo, Lowestoft)

Full details from the MCA below . .

  • 27 November 2012
  • MTNG

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