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.

The UK is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all ships that are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as THETIS. This allows the ships with a high risk rating and poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.

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 any of their deficiencies are so serious they have to be rectified before departure, then the ship will be detained.

All deficiencies should be rectified before departure.

When applicable, the list includes those passenger craft prevented from operating under the provisions of the EU Directive on Mandatory Surveys for the safe operation of regular ro-ro ferry and high speed passenger craft services (1999/35/EU).

New Detentions

  1. COPENHAGEN, sailing under Antigua and Barbuda flag, was detained on June 15, 2019 at Ipswich, found with 20 deficiencies and four grounds for detention. This vessel was released on 19th June 2019.
  2. The Cook-Islands-flagged ALEXANDER TVARDOVSKIY was detained on June 26, 2019, with three grounds for detention. This vessel was still detained 30th June 2019.
  3. The Italian-flagged MBC DAISY was detained on June 29, 2019, at Cardiff, with eleven deficiencies and two grounds of detention. This vessel was still detained 30th June 2019.

Detentions carried over from previous months

  1. The Russian-flagged bulk carrier 'KUZMA MININ' was detained on 18th December 2018 at Falmouth. It had 13 deficiencies with six grounds for detention. This vessel was still detained on 30th June 2019.
  2. The Iceland-flagged 'Poseidon' was detained on 19th July 2018 at Hull. Ten deficiencies with two grounds for detention were found. This vessel was still detained on 30 June 2019.
  3. The Russian-flagged 'Tecoil Polaris' was detained on 6th June 2018 at Immingham, after found with 27 deficiencies with eight grounds for detention. This vessel was still detained on June 30, 2019.
  4. The unregistered 'Cien Porciento' was detained on 4 March 2010 with 30 deficiencies, including seven grounds for detention. This vessel was still detained on 30th June 2019.