Press release

FOREIGN FLAGGED SHIPS UNDER DETENTION IN THE UK DURING DECEMBER 2015

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that four foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during December 2015 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

Survey and Inspection

During December, there was one new detention of a foreign flagged vessel in a UK port. Three vessels remained under detention from previous months. A total of four vessels remain under detention at the end of December.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 of flags with poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.

  3. 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 the deficiency is so serious that it has to be rectified before departure, then the ship may be detained.

  4. All deficiencies should be rectified before departure if at all possible.

  5. 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).

Notes on the list of detentions:

  • Full details of the ship. The accompanying detention list shows ship’s name, the flag state and the ship’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) number which is unchanging throughout the ship’s life and uniquely identifies it.
  • Company. The company shown in the vessel’s Safety Management Certificate (SMC) or if there is no SMC, then the party otherwise believed to be responsible for the safety of the ship at the time of inspection.
  • Classification Society. The list shows the Classification Society responsible for classing the ship only.
  • Recognised Organisation. Responsible for conducting the statutory surveys: and issuing statutory certificates on behalf of the Flag State
  • White (WL), Grey (GL) and Black lists (BL) are issued by the Paris MoU on 01 July each year and shows the performance of flag State.

Ships detained in December 2015

  • Date and Place of Detention: 07th December, Southampton.
  • Vessel Name: EMS Majestic
  • GT: 1999
  • IMO No: 9148104
  • Flag: Antigua & Barbuda
  • Company: Fehn Ship Management GmbH
  • Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation: BV
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: BV
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: BV
  • Summary: two deficiencies with one grounds for detention+
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
13101 - Propulsion main engine Not as required Y
99197 - Other safety in general Other  

This vessel was still detained on 31st December 2015.


Detentions carried over from previous months

  • Date and Place of Detention: 11 November 2015, Shoreham.
  • Vessel Name: UNITED OCEAN
  • GT: 3806
  • IMO No: 9071052
  • Flag: BOLIVIA (Not Listed)
  • Company: Premier Shipping & Trading SA
  • Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
  • Recognised Organisation: GL / Guardian Bureau of Shipping (GBS)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: Guardian Bureau of Shipping (GBS)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: Guardian Bureau of Shipping (GBS)
  • Summary: twenty-two deficiencies with four grounds for detention
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
01308 - Records of seafarers’ daily hours of work or rest Incorrect entries  
03102 - Freeboard marks Not properly marked  
03199 - Other (load lines) Other  
04103 - Emergency, lighting, batteries and switches Not as required Y
04103 - Emergency, lighting, batteries and switches Not as required  
04104 - Emergency source of power - Emergency generator Not as required Y
04106 - Emergency steering position com./ compass reading Inoperative  
07106 - Fire detection and alarm system Missing  
07116 - Ventilation Not as required  
10103 - Radar Inoperative Y
10105 - Magnetic compass Not readable  
10106 - Compass correction log Not as required  
10111 - Charts Not updated  
10127 - Voyage or passage plan Lack of information  
10129 - Navigation records Not as required  
10138 - BNWAS Inadequate  
11103 - Stowage and provision of Lifeboats Not as required  
11117 - Lifebuoys incl. provision and disposition Not ready for use  
15150 - ISM Not as required Y
18311 - Messroom and recreational facilities Not as required  
18313 - Cleanliness Not hygienic  
18314 - Provisions quantity Insufficient  

This vessel was still detained on 31st December 2015.


  • Date and Place of Detention: 26 January 2015, Liverpool Dock, Liverpool.
  • Vessel Name: DORIS T
  • GT: 1973
  • IMO No: 7626748
  • Flag: ANTIGUA & BARBUDA (White List)
  • Company: Interscan Schiffahrt-SG Esillschaft, Hamburg.
  • Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation: BV / GL
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: GL
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: BV
  • Summary: eighteen deficiencies with six grounds for detention

Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
03108 - Ventilators, air pipes, casings Not properly maintained  
03108 - Ventilators, air pipes, casings Not properly maintained  
13108 - Operation of machinery Lack of familiarity  
11101 - Lifeboats Not properly maintained  
10111 - Charts Expired Y
10127 - Voyage or passage plan Not as required Y
11101 - Lifeboats Not properly maintained  
10199 - Other (navigation) Other  
01308 - Records of seafarers’ daily hours of work or rest Incorrect entries  
11117 - Lifebuoys incl. provision and disposition Not as required  
01138 - International Energy Efficiency Certificate Missing  
02111 - Beams, frames, floors-corrosion Corroded Y
02111 - Beams, frames, floors-corrosion Corroded Y
02113 - Hull - cracking Not as required Y
07109 - Fixed fire extinguishing installation Not as required  
18418 - Winches & capstans Not properly maintained  
15150 - ISM Not as required Y
01138 - International Energy Efficiency Certificate Missing  

This vessel was still detained on 31st December 2015.


  • Date and Place of detention: 4 March 2010, Lowestoft
  • Vessel Name: CIEN PORCIENTO (General Cargo)
  • GT: 106
  • IMO No: 8944446
  • Flag: Unregistered
  • Company: Open Window Inc
  • Classification Society: Unclassed
  • Recognised Organisation: Not applicable
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: Not applicable
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: Not applicable
  • Summary: Thirty deficiencies including seven grounds for detention

This vessel was still detained on 31st December 2015.


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Published 15 January 2016