Press release

Foreign flagged ships under detention in the UK during February 2016

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during February 2016 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

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At the beginning of February there were four vessels under detention. During February there were four new detentions, and one vessel was released after making satisfactory improvements. At the end of February a total of seven vessels remain under detention.

  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 with a high risk rating and 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 any of their deficiencies are so serious they have to be rectified before departure, then the ship will 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 International Maritime Organization (IMO) number which is unchanging throughout the ship’s life and uniquely identifies it. It also shows the ship’s name and flag state at the time of its inspection.
  • 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 February 2016

  • Date and Place of Detention: 15th February 2016, Hull
  • Vessel Name: AMUR 2537
  • GT: 3086
  • IMO No: 8842545
  • Flag: Russia
  • Company: JSC Belomor Freight Company, Russia
  • Classification Society: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
  • Recognised Organisation: RMRS Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: RMRS Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: RMRS Summary: Eighteen deficiencies with six grounds for detention
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
05106 – Inmarsat Ship Earth Station Not as required Yes
05114 – Reserve Source of Energy Not as required Yes
11118 – Lifejackets Incl Provision & Disposition Not as required  
11128 - Line throwing appliance Missing Yes
10111 - Charts Missing Yes
10127 – Voyage of Passage Plan Not as required  
18316 – Water, pipes, tanks Not as required  
10109 – Lights, shapes, sound signals Not as required  
07106 - Fire detection Not as required  
15150 – ISM Not as required Yes
11101 – Lifeboats    
13102 – Auxiliary Engine Not as required  
13102 – Auxiliary Engine Not as required  
02113 – Hull Cracking Cracked Yes
13102 - Auxiliary Engine Not as required  
13102 - Auxiliary Engine Not as required  
13199 - Other (machinery) Other  
03110 - Manholes Not properly maintained  
02109 – Ballast, fuel and other tanks Improperly used  

This vessel was still detained on 29th February 2016.


  • Date and Place of Detention: 23rd February 2016, Hull
  • Vessel Name: Vera Su
  • GT: 1984
  • IMO No: 8611219
  • Flag: Panama
  • Company: Kadir Colak Shipping, Turkey
  • Classification Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Recognised Organisation: NKK
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: Macosnar Corporation
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: Macosnar Corporation
  • Summary: Fifteen deficiencies with four grounds for detention.
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
10109 - Lights, shapes, sound-signals Damaged  
11117 - Lifebuoys incl. provision and disposition Not as required  
11110 - Stowage and provision of liferafts HRU expired  
11105 - Rescue boat inventory Not as required  
07109 - Fixed fire extinguishing installation Not as required  
07110 - Firefighting equipment and appliances Not as required  
04117 - Functionality of Safety Systems Not properly maintained  
11124 - Embarkation arrangement survival craft Not properly maintained Yes
10106 - Compass correction log Not as required  
01220 - Seafarers’ employment agreement (SEA) Not as required  
18203 - Wages No records Yes
18203 - Wages Missing Yes
11134 - Operation of Life Saving Appliances Lack of familiarity  
15150 – ISM Not as required Yes
01331 - Collective bargaining agreement Missing  

This vessel was still detained on 29th February 2016.


  • Date and Place of Detention: 25th February 2016, Liverpool
  • Vessel Name: NOFIT
  • GT: 4078
  • IMO No: 9137739
  • Flag: Israel
  • Company: Mastermind Ship Management
  • Classification Society: Det Norkse Veritas & Germanischer Lloyd (DNV-GL
  • Recognised Organisation: DNV-GL
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: DNV-GL
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: Flag state: Israel
  • Summary: Thirty deficiencies with five grounds for detention
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
01137 - Civil liability for Bunker oil pollution damage cert Invalid  
01199 - Other (certificates) Other  
01199 - Other (certificates) Other  
10119 - Rudder angle indicator Missing Yes
10105 - Magnetic compass Not readable  
10128 - Navigation bridge visibility Not as required Yes
10103 – Radar Not approved  
07115 – Fire-dampers Inoperative Yes
07115 – Fire-dampers Not as required  
09232 - Cleanliness of engine room Insufficient  
18316 - Water, pipes, tanks Not as required  
07120 – Means of escape Blocked  
18407 – Lighting (working spaces) Damaged  
07120 – Means of escape Not as required  
07199 – Other (fire safety) Other  
18326 – Laundry, adequate locker Not as required  
07120 – Means of escape Not as required  
11105 – Rescue boat inventory Not as required  
03199 – Other (load lines) Other  
18302 – Sanitary facilities Insufficient  
18315 - Provisions quality and nutritional value Rotten  
10103 – Radar Inoperative  
18499– Other (health protection, medical care) Other  
15150 – ISM Not as required Yes
03199 – Other (load lines) Other  
13199 – Other (machinery) Other  
04102 - Emergency fire pump and its pipes Inoperative Yes
18203 - Wages No records  
18302 - Sanitary facilities Not properly maintained  
18302 - Sanitary facilities Not properly maintained  

This vessel was still detained on 29th February 2016.


  • Date and Place of Detention: 26th February 2016, Tyne
  • Vessel Name: Agnes
  • GT: 39996
  • IMO No: 9209116
  • Flag: Marshall Islands
  • Company: Minoa Marine Ltd
  • Classification Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Recognised Organisation: NKK
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: NKK
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: NKK
  • Summary: Sixteen deficiencies with ones grounds for detention
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
03108 - Ventilators, air pipes, casings Not properly maintained  
01137 - Civil liability for Bunker oil pollution damage cert Invalid  
18314 - Provisions quantity Insufficient  
18312 - Galley, handling room (maintenance) Damaged  
01316 - Cargo information Missing information  
01320 - Garbage record book Not as required  
10103 - Radar Inoperative  
10109 - Lights, shapes, sound-signals Inoperative  
05105 - MF/HF Radio installation Not as required  
03107 - Doors Not properly maintained  
11113 - Launching arrangements for rescue boats Not as required Yes
07114 - Remote Means of control (opening, pumps, ventilation, etc.) Machinery spaces Not as required  
13102 - Auxiliary engine Not as required  
18326 - Laundry, Adequate Locker Not as required  
07125 - Evaluation of crew performance (fire drills) Lack of familiarity  
15150 - ISM Not as required  

This vessel was still detained on 29th February 2016.


DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS

  • Date and Place of Detention: 29th January 2016, Tyne
  • Vessel Name: Sheng Qiang
  • GT: 26062
  • IMO No: 9144536
  • Flag: Hong Kong
  • Company: Cosco (HK) Shipping
  • Classification Society: China Classification Society (CCS)
  • Recognised Organisation: CCS
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: CCS
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: CCS
  • Summary: sixteen deficiencies with one grounds for detention
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
09235 - Fitness for duty - work and rest hours Not as required  
01316 - Cargo information Wrong Information  
01199 - Other (certificates) Other  
10109 - Lights, shapes, sound-signals Inoperative  
04114 - Emergency source of power - Emergency generator Inoperative  
10114 - Voyage data recorder (VDR) / Simplified Voyage data recorder (S-VDR) Not as required  
04106 - Emergency steering position com./ compass reading Inoperative  
11101 - Lifeboats Not ready for use  
03103 - Railing, gangway, walkway and means for safe passage Damaged  
04102 - Emergency fire pump and its pipes Not properly maintained  
07114 - Remote Means of control (opening,pumps,ventilation,etc.) Machinery spaces Not as required  
10101 - Pilot ladders and hoist/pilot transfer arrangements Damaged  
07112 - Emergency Escape Breathing Device and disposition Inoperative  
03199 - Other (load lines) Other  
18304 - Lighting (Accommodation) Inoperative  
15150 - ISM Not as required Yes

This vessel was released on 8th February


  • 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 Yes
04103 - Emergency, lighting, batteries and switches Not as required  
04104 - Emergency source of power - Emergency generator Not as required Yes
04106 - Emergency steering position com./ compass reading Inoperative  
07106 - Fire detection and alarm system Missing  
07116 - Ventilation Not as required  
10103 - Radar Inoperative Yes
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 Yes
18311 – Mess room and recreational facilities Not as required  
18313 - Cleanliness Not hygienic  
18314 - Provisions quantity Insufficient  

This vessel was still detained on 29th February 2016.


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 Yes
10127 - Voyage or passage plan Not as required Yes
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 Yes
02111 - Beams, frames, floors-corrosion Corroded Yes
02113 - Hull - cracking Not as required Yes
07109 - Fixed fire extinguishing installation Not as required  
18418 - Winches & capstans Not properly maintained  
15150 - ISM Not as required Yes
01138 - International Energy Efficiency Certificate Missing  

This vessel was still detained on 29th February 2016.


  • 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 29th February 2016.


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Published 17 March 2016