Capesize held

An Orient Steamship (Canada)-owned capesize with 28 deficiencies was one of four bulk-carriers to fall foul of inspectors in the UK in November.

A Greek panamax and a handysize owned by the Vietnamese government also failed to make the grade while a Ukrainian handymax was found to have asbestos scattered all over the place.

Orient Steamship’s 146,400-dwt Silver Constellation (built 1986) was held for 36 days in Hunsterston Clyde and only allowed to sail in December on a single ballast voyage to Las Palmas to receive repairs.

“The large number of deficiencies indicated insufficient maintenance of the ship and equipment,” the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) said in its monthly detention report.

The fire main line on the Marshall Islands-flagged ship, which is classed by DNV, “was holed between the number 4 and 5 holds and the reserve source of energy was not as required,” the MCA continued.

“In addition the emergency preparedness with respect to the abandon ship drill showed lack of training, as the crew were unable to demonstrate a satisfactory drill.”

Laurus SA of Piraeus also saw its 75,600-dwt Pistis (built 1984) rack up 22 deficiencies as it was held in Liverpool for eight days.

Amongst other deficiencies found on the Panama-flagged bulker were poorly maintained sanitary conditions including “stained and dirty mattresses and pillows”, while “the showers were dirty and missing shower heads”.

The MCA’s report continued: “A major non-conformity was identified in respect of the maintenance of the ship and equipment which was against the ISM code.”

Sixteen deficiencies on the 52,500-dwt St. Vladimir (built 1982) caught the eye of inspectors in Falmouth. The Liberia-flagged bulker was held for 12 days “because the asbestos insulation throughout the ship had been broken and disturbed which resulted in asbestos dust and debris on the ship surfaces, bilge, and walkways,” the MCA wrote.

“In addition the bilges contained an excessive amount of oil and debris there were also unauthorised polythene piping and flanges, and this constituted a fire risk and the risk of a blocked bilge line.”

The ship is operated and managed by Unimor Shipping Agency of Odessa but its beneficial owner is unknown.
The ship is operated and managed by Unimor Shipping Agency of Odessa but its beneficial owner is unknown.

A whopping 36 deficiencies were found on the 27,700-dwt Eastern Star (built 1994) when it pulled into Silvertown where it was duly held for 11 days.

“A major non conformity was raised because of the number and nature of the deficiencies which indicated a breakdown in the safety management system.”

The Vietnam-flagged vessel is owned by the Vietnamese government through Northern Shipping Joint Stock Company.