Norway detained a Vietnam-registered ship, after issuing the vessel 19 orders to rectify due to several major deficiencies that were identified during a Port State Control (PSC) inspection. The ship had a crew of 22 on board.
The inspectors revealed some of the worst conditions we have ever seen,” said Alf Tore Sørheim, Head of Department of Operative Supervision at the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA).
For this vessel, the deficiencies led to detention and 19 orders to rectify, several of which have been categorised as serious. Since the ship was listed as “high risk” in the port State control system, an inspection must be performed every 6 months.
Data show that other authorities were on board the vessel in November 2021. Also at that time, the captain and crew were ordered to rectify a number of deficiencies.
Since a number of recurring issues have been identified, the ship will be detained until all deficiencies have been rectified
stated Mr. Sørheim, adding that “this illustrates why it is essential that we, as an authority, carry out PSC inspections on board. Fortunately, such serious deficiencies have only been detected on rare occasions.”
According to NMA, during a PSC inspection, its inspectors will check compliance with the safety and environment requirements and verify that the crew are provided with decent working and living conditions.
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