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USCG detains again vessel in port of Tacoma

Due to safety deficiencies found on board USCG has detained another vessel due to safety deficiencies in Port of Tacoma during September. Earlier this month, USCG detained motor vessel Pegasus Highway because there wasn't a properly functioning fire detection system onboard. Last week, USCG detained the motor vessel Rena due to improper pressurization of the crew's self-contained breathing apparatuses.Motor vessel Rena will be required to remain in port until the deficiencies are rectified.A Port State Control exam team from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound conducted a routine Port State and International Ship and Port Facility Security exam aboard the Rena, a 751-foot, Bahamian-flagged cargo vessel. While aboard, the Coast Guard discovered multiple areas that did not meet regulations set forth in the International Maritime Organization's Safety of Life at Sea Convention.The most severe deficiency involved improper pressurization of the crew's self-contained breathing apparatuses. Malfunctioning SCBAs would prevent the crew from safely responding to a fire aboard the vessel."Coast Guard examiners determined that key safety procedures were inadequate and the crew did not have the necessary equipment to safely respond to an onboard emergency." said Cmdr. Matt Edwards, Chief of Prevention at Sector Puget Sound. "We will continue to work with ...

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Marine advisories for PSC detentions in the US & Australia

PSC detentions issued by USCG and AMSA is on the increase The Liberian Registry, has recently issued two Marine Advisories to warn on the increase of detentions in the US and Australia. Due to recently increased number of PSC detentions issued by USCG and AMSA to ships calling the US and Australia respectively, LISCR issued Marine Advisories 03/2015 & 04/2015 to provide guidance to ship managers / operators and crews in order to avoid such detentions.Both the USCG and AMSA are looking for pre-existing deficiencies that are not reported prior to a vessel's arrival or at the time of their initial port State boarding.In accordance with the Advisories detentions are avoidable, provided pre-existing deficiencies are reported and there is evidence that corrective action has been initiated.In order to avoid detention and delay of the vessel's schedule the owners, operators, and DPA's are advised to follow the actions below:1. Prior Arrival actions:Require Master's and crew to report all defective and/or inoperable equipment, system, etc., and ensure corrective action has been initiated, in accordance with the Safety Management System.Notify the Administration prior to the vessels port call of any defective and/or inoperable equipment, system, etc., so we are aware and can assist ...

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