The US Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise cited a list of common causes of PSC detentions on cruise ships by the USCG throughout 2017. USCG conducted 292 cruise ship examinations in 2017 and only 0.34% received a detention, which shows there is a strong safety culture in the cruise line industry.
Eleven foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during June 2018, after failing PSC inspection, according to UK MCA. Namely, during June, there were seven new detentions, while four vessels remained under detention from previous months. A total of four vessels remained under detention at the end of June.
Malta detained another humanitarian ship on Monday July 2. The ship normally rescues boat migrants off the coast of Libya, where two shipwrecks have cost the lives of 200 people recently. The Sea Watch 3 vessel requested to leave the port after maintenance was performed to it, but the port authority refused.
Paris MoU issued its annual report on Port State Control, revealing a slight increase in the number of inspections and a slight decrease in the detention percentage for 2017; 3.82% compared to 3.84% in 2016. However, the report shows a significant increase in the numbers of refusal of access in 2017; 33 compared to 20 in 2016.
The general cargo ship ‘Volzhskiy 33’ was detained in the Russian port of Rostov-on-Don, on 29 May 2018. This is the fourth detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 24 months. The ship flies the flag of Comoros which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list.
AMSA inspectors boarded the vessel ‘MV Tomin’ in the Port of Yamba, on Monday June 25, and detained it as they judged that it is unseaworthy. Namely, the inspectors found structural leaks and oily waste in the ship, which led them to detain it. AMSA reminded that all ships must comply to MARPOL during international voyages.
ClassNK issued its PSC annual report, revealing 426 reported PSC detentions relating to 383 ships from January to December 2017. The number of ships detained represents about 4.5 % of the total number of ships in the NK fleet. Detention ratio of the NK fleet in 2017 is about 5.0%.
The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley detained the fishing vessel ‘Run Da’ as it was suspected of illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing activity, on Saturday June 23, in international waters 860 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan. The captain of the Run Da admitted to fishing with driftnets up to 5.6 miles in length, while the joint boarding team discovered one ton of squid and 80 tons of chum salmon on board.
The ship will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region, except a port and anchorage of the ship’s flag State. This refusal of access will apply right after the ship is authorized to leave this port and anchorage. As this is the second refusal of access order the period of the refusal of access will be 12 months.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for May 2018, containing information about ships which were detained in the region during the month under review. The details of detentions are entered in the information system of the Paris MOU after the ship has been released. In general, a ship is not released from detention before all necessary repairs have been made.
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