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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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Top PSC deficiencies for 2014 on DNV GL vessels

Fire dampers and fixed fire extinguishing installations are at top DNV GL released Port State Control statistics for 2014 which show that the most frequent type of deficiencies recorded by PSC on DNV GL vessels last year was ISM related deficiencies.A big part of the deficiencies recorded by PSC falls into the ISM category and/or should be related to ISM. Even minor but numerous deficiencies can make the PSC inspector conclude there is possible ISM failure and detain the vessel due to this.Fire dampers were the second-most-frequent detainable item found on DNV GL vessels in 2014, followed by deficiencies related to emergency generators and lifeboats. Below is a table that shows the most frequent items recorded by PSC. ISM related deficiencies have been excluded from the table.(Please click on the image for a larger view)Fire dampersFire Safety is the deficiency category with the most detainable deficiencies found on DNV GL vessels in 2014 and fire dampers are the most frequent of these. Needless to say, non-functional fire flaps and dampers seriously impair a vessel's ability to fight fires on board, especially engine room fires. These defects are always a potential ground for detention, since fire flaps and dampers are a ...

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LISCR: Detentions in the US increase

USCG has increased its scrutiny of pre-existing deficiencies The Republic of Liberia has issued Marine Advisory to warn on the increase of detentions in the USThe USCG has increased its scrutiny of pre-existing deficiencies that are not reported prior to a vessels arrival or at the time of initial port State boarding and where there is no evidence that corrective action has been initiated. The increased scrutiny is resulting in a significant increase in USCG detentions.If the USCG finds pre-existing deficiencies without first being notified by the Master and, if appropriate corrective action has not been initiated, they will assume the owner/Master intends to sail with the deficiencies un-addressed and will issue a detentionDetentions are avoidable, provided pre-existing deficiencies are reported and there is evidence that corrective action has been initiated. LISCR receive many pre-arrival check lists indicting all is in order, yet during PSC inspections equipment is not operating as required and such problems were preexisting and there is no evidence that corrective action has been taken.To avoid detention and delay of vessels schedule, LISCR advise owners, operators, DPA's to: Require Master's and crew to report all defective, inoperable equipment, system, etc., and ensure corrective action has been initiated, ...

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Paris MoU adopts new performance lists

New lists to take effect from 1 July 2015 At its 48th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2014 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from 1 July 2015.The "White, Grey and Black (WGB) List" presents the full spectrum, from quality flags to flags with a poor performance that are considered high or very high risk. It is based on the total number of inspections and detentions over a 3-year rolling period for flags with at least 30 inspections in the period.On the "White, Grey and Black list" for 2014, a total number of 72 flags are listed: 43 on the "White List", 19 on the "Grey List" and 10 on the "Black list". In 2013 the number of flags listed totalled 75 flags, namely 46 on the "White List", 19 on the "Grey List" and 10 on the "Black List".The "White List" represents quality flags with a consistently low detention record. Compared with 2013, the number of flags on the "White List" has decreased by 3 flags to a total number of 43 flags. New on the "White List" is India, which was on the ...

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Top Cruise Ship Deficiencies of 2014

USCG reports a total of 329 deficiencies The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has issued the most common ship deficiencies found in cruise ships during inspections in 2014. In total, 329 deficiencies were reported.Fire Screen Doors not Operating Properly(31 occurrences) The most frequent deficiency was fire screen doors were not operating properly. Fire screen doors were found to have damage to the sequencing bars, damage to the doors themselves or pressure differential between spaces on either side of the door causing them not to close properly. The majority of these deficiencies were corrected prior to the examiners finishing their exams.Impeding Means of Escape(26 occurrences) Corridors, doors and hatches in areas designated as escape routes were either partially or completely blocked. The majority of these deficiencies were corrected prior to the examiners finishing their exams.Drills and Crew Training Issues(25 occurrences) Various deficiencies were issued for problems associated with crew training and drills. The deficiencies included crews inability to operate fire suppression systems, crew problems with operating lifeboats and rescue boats and crews inability to communicate effectively during fire and abandon ship drills. There were also deficiencies written for crews that did not have the required STCW training for Crowd Control Management and ...

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Paris MoU releases the results of first year of MLC implementation

113 ships detained for MLC related deficiencies 20 August 2014 marked the first anniversary of the entry into force of theMaritime Labour Convention (MLC, 2006). During these first 12 months 113ships were detained by one of the Paris MoU Authorities for MLC-relateddeficiencies.This represents 17.4% of the total number of detentions (649) inthe Paris MoU during this period.During the first year 7.4% (3,447) of the total number of 46,798 deficienciesrecorded was linked to the MLC, while 160 (4.6%) were marked as a ground fordetention resulting in 113 detained ships.Detainable deficiencies were mostfrequently recorded in the areas "payment of wages" (39,5%), and "manning levelsfor the ship" (28.6%). Other areas with high deficiency levels are "health and safetyand accident prevention" (43.1%), "food and catering" (15.4%) and"accommodation" (10%).Only the member States of the Paris MoU which have ratified the MLC on or before20 August 2012 were entitled to conduct PSC inspections on MLC requirementsfrom 20 August 2013. As a result the following twelve member States startedenforcing the MLC, 2006 from 20 August 2013: Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus,Denmark, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Spainand Sweden.During the first year of implementation, the following member States began toenforce MLC, 2006: Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, ...

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