Press release

Foreign flagged ships under detention in the UK during March 2016

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

At the beginning of March there were seven vessels under detention. During March there were four new detentions, and nine vessels were released. At the end of March a total of two 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)

    These are issued by the Paris MoU on 01 July each year and shows the performance of flag State.

SHIPS DETAINED IN MARCH 2016

  • Date and Place of Detention: 15TH March 2016, Belfast
  • Vessel Name: JOZICA
  • GT:18675
  • IMO No: 9112351
  • Flag: Malta (White List)
  • Company: SeaQuest Ship Management
  • Classification Society: Korean Register of Shipping (KRS)
  • Recognised Organisation: KRS
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: RINA
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: KRS
  • Summary: Fourteen deficiencies with four grounds for detention
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
11113 - Launching arrangements for rescue boats Not properly maintained Yes
11104 - Rescue boats Not ready for use  
11131 - On board training and instructions Lack of training  
07111 - Personal equipment for fire safety Not properly maintained Yes
11112 - Launching arrangements for survival craft Not as required  
07105 - Fire doors/openings in fire-resisting divisions Malfunctioning Yes
18318 - Food temperature Not as required  
15150 - ISM Not as required Yes
03107 - Doors Not properly maintained  
13106 - Insulation wetted through (oil) Damaged  
02108 - Electrical installations in general Not as required  
07109 - Fixed fire extinguishing installation Not as required  
11134 - Operation of Life Saving Appliances Lack of familiarity  
11131 - On board training and instructions Missing instructions  

This vessel was released 21st March 2016


  • Date and Place of Detention: 15TH March 2016, Poole
  • Vessel Name: CONDOR LIBERATION
  • GT: 6307
  • IMO No: 9551363
  • Flag: Bahamas (White List)
  • Company: Condor Marine Services Ltd
  • Classification Society: Det Norkse Veritas & Germanischer Lloyd (GNV-GL)
  • Recognised Organisation: DNV-GL
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: DNV-GL
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: DNV-GL
  • Summary: Eleven deficiencies with four grounds for detention.
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
13101 - Propulsion main engine Not as required Yes
04106 - Emergency steering position com./ compass reading Inoperative  
02105 - Steering gear Inoperative Yes
07105 - Fire doors/openings in fire-resisting divisions Not as required Yes
07108 - Ready availability of fire fighting equipment Not properly stowed  
04101 - Public address system Missing  
99197 - Other safety in general Other  
01139 - Maritime Labour Certificate Invalid  
07110 - Fire fighting equipment and appliances Not as required  
04109 - Fire drills Lack of training  
15150 - ISM Not as required Yes

This vessel was released 18th March 2016


  • Date and Place of Detention: 15TH March 2016, Ellesmere Port
  • Vessel Name: LUKA
  • GT: 3796
  • IMO No: 9177399
  • Flag: Belize (Black List)
  • Company: Tanais Shipping Ltd
  • Classification Society: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
  • Recognised Organisation: RMRS
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: RMRS
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: RMRS
  • Summary: Twenty one deficiencies with two grounds for detention.
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
18203 - Wages Missing Yes
18315 - Provisions quality and nutritional value Not as required Yes
01324 - Material Safety Data Sheets(MSDS) Missing  
10116 - Nautical publications Missing  
02199 - Other (Structural conditions) Other  
11131 - On board training and instructions Insufficient frequency  
11112 - Launching arrangements for survival craft Not as required  
11104 - Rescue boats Damaged  
11105 - Rescue boat inventory Not as required  
18413- Warning Notices Missing  
18412 - Personal equipment Missing  
11118 - Lifejackets incl.provision and disposition Not as required  
07115 - Fire-dampers Not as required  
10132 - Communication-SOLAS chap. 5 Lack of communication  
07125 - Evaluation of crew performance (fire drills) Lack of familiarity  
11112 - Launching arrangements for survival craft Not as required  
03108 - Ventilators, air pipes, casings Damaged  
15150 - ISM Not as required  
11108 - Inflatable liferafts Not ready for use  
03103 - Railing, gangway, walkway and means for safe passage Damaged  
01316 - Cargo information Not as required  

This vessel was released 24th March 2016


  • Date and Place of Detention: 17TH March 2016, Grimsby
  • Vessel Name: EKARMA
  • GT: 6601
  • IMO No: 9630016
  • Flag: Liberia (White List)
  • Company: Fernco West Ltd
  • Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation: BV
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM DOC: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM SMC: Liberia
  • Summary: Fourteen deficiencies with one ground for detention.
Defective item Nature of defect Ground for Detention
14402 - Sewage treatment plant Not as required  
07109 - Fixed fire extinguishing installation Not as required  
07123 - Operation of Fire protection systems Not as required  
10109 - Lights, shapes, sound-signals Not as required  
11110 - Stowage and provision of liferafts HRU improp. fitted  
05114 - Reserve source of energy Not as required  
08108 - UMS - alarms Inoperative  
18312 - Galley, handlingroom (maintenance) Damaged  
03107 - Doors Not properly maintained  
07120 - Means of escape Blocked  
18324 - Cold room, cold room cleanliness, cold room temperature Not as required  
03108 - Ventilators, air pipes, casings Corroded  
11118 - Lifejackets incl.provision and disposition Not approved  
15150 - ISM Not as required Yes

This vessel was released 18th March 2016


DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS

  • Date and Place of Detention: 15th February 2016, Hull
  • Vessel Name: AMUR 2537
  • GT: 3086
  • IMO No: 8842545
  • Flag: Russia (White List)
  • 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 Not ready for use  
13102 – Auxiliary Engine Not as required  
13102 – Auxiliary Engine Not as required  
02113 – Hull Cracking Cracked Yes
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 released 21st March 2016.


  • Date and Place of Detention: 23rd February 2016, Hull
  • Vessel Name: VERA SU
  • GT: 1984
  • IMO No: 8611219
  • Flag: Panama (White List)
  • 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 released 2nd March 2016.


  • Date and Place of Detention: 25th February 2016, Liverpool
  • Vessel Name: NOFIT
  • GT: 4078
  • IMO No: 9137739
  • Flag: Israel (Not Listed)
  • 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 released 15th March 2016.


  • Date and Place of Detention: 26th February 2016, Tyne
  • Vessel Name: AGNES
  • GT: 39996
  • IMO No: 9209116
  • Flag: Marshall Islands (Whie List)
  • 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 released 1st March 2016.


  • 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 released 14th March 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 31st March 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 31st March 2016.


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