Tuesday, 2 September 2014

MASTER FINED AFTER WIND FARM COLLISION OFF NORFOLK COAST

The master of a wind farm support vessel has today been made to pay £3,000 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to breaches of maritime collision regulations.

Geoffrey Whinfrey was in charge of the Island Panther when it collided with a wind turbine in the Sheringham Shoal wind farm on 21 November 2012.

Whinfrey had been requested by the wind farm operator - Scira Offshore Energy Ltd - that the Island Panther take off duty employees ashore due to the worsening weather conditions. It was dark and the wind was gusting up to 45mph, with driving rain and rough seas.

Passage plans had not been completed for any part of the journey. Whinfrey attempted to navigate through the wind farm using the safety lights on the wind turbine towers, which is against company policy. While passing through the wind farm he failed to notice that one of the turbine towers’ lights was not illuminated and subsequently hit that tower head on at approximately 12 knots.

The collision resulted in Mr. Whinfrey and his fellow crewman flying forward and hitting the control consul, plus people below were flung across the passenger cabin. Some of those onboard had to be taken to hospital with minor injuries and the vessel was also considerably damaged.

An investigation determined that the accident happened as Mr. Whinfrey was relying solely on the turbine safety lights and didn’t make good use of the lookout and navigation equipment on board.

Whinfrey today pleaded at Southampton Magistrates Court to breaches of Rule 5 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972. He was fined £1,000, plus £2,000 in costs.

Captain Peter Maynard, MCA Surveyor based at the Norwich Marine Office, said:
“Mr. Whinfrey relied heavily on the lights of the turbine towers to navigate through the wind farm against company policy. He displayed poor seamanship by failing to keep a proper lookout by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances. It was very lucky that no one was seriously hurt.”

Friday, 29 August 2014

SEARCH FOR MISSING BOY OFF ABERFFRAW

Coastguards are this afternoon searching for a 12-year-old boy who is believed to have been swept out to sea at Aberffraw.

Holyhead Coastguard received a 999 call at around 12.30 this lunchtime reporting that three people were stuck on rocks in the estuary. Further information then suggested that two men had managed to make it back to shore, plus a young boy; however another youngster was caught in the large waves and swept out to sea.

The Rhosneigr, Holyhead, Bangor and Moelfre Coastguard Rescue Teams along with two Coastguard Sector Managers are currently involved in the search, alongside the RNLI lifeboats from Porthdinllaen, Holyhead, and Trearddur Bay, the search and rescue helicopter from RAF Valley and North Wales Police.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

EIGHT FOREIGN FLAGGED SHIPS UNDER DETENTION IN THE UK DURING JULY 2014

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that eight foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during July 2014 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

During July, there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in UK ports.   Three vessels remained under detention from previous months. Four vessels were released during July.  A total of four vessels remain under detention at the end of July.

  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 JULY 2014

  • Date and Place of Detention: - 07 July 2014, Fawley
  • Vessel Name: - GRENDON
  • GT: - 4484
  • IMO No: - 9133707
  • Flag: - Bahamas (White List)
  • Company: - Dorian LPG Management Corp
  • Classification Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Recognised Organisation: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Summary: - 11 deficiencies with 3 grounds for detention
Defective ItemNature of DefectGround for Detention
11112 - Launching arrangements for survival craftSeizedYes
07101 - Fire prevention structural integrityNot as required 
09206 - Safe means of access Deck - hold/tank, etc.Not as required 
05105 - MF/HF Radio installationNot as required 
06107 - Cargo operationLack of information 
10105 - Magnetic compassNot as required 
11123 - Emergency equipment for 2-way comm.InoperativeYes
09228 - Anchoring devicesCorroded 
04115 - Safe areasNot properly maintained 
05114 - Reserve source of energyNot as required 
15150 - ISMNot as requiredYes
This vessel was released on 11 July 2014
  • Date and Place of Detention: - 16 July 2014, Liverpool
  • Vessel Name: - ELEANOR D
  • GT: - 32,474
  • IMO No: - 9287974
  • Flag: - Marshall Islands (White List)
  • Company: - Densan Deniz Nakliyat ve San
  • Classification Society: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • Recognised Organisation: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: Det Norske Veritas (DNV)
  • Summary: - 21 deficiencies with 7grounds for detention
Defective ItemNature of DefectGround for Detention
07105 - Fire doors/openings in fire-resisting divisionsNot as requiredYes
01113 - Minimum Safe Manning DocumentNot as requiredYes
07106 - Fire detection and alarm systemInoperativeYes
03108 - Ventilators, air pipes, casingsNot as required 
07106 - Fire detection and alarm systemNot properly maintained 
07113 - Fire pumps and its pipesInoperativeYes
11113 - Launching arrangements for rescue boatsNot as requiredYes
13199 - Other (machinery)Other 
09225 - Loading and unloading equipmentNot as required 
13105 - UMS - ShipMalfunctioning 
04114 - Emergency source of power - Emergency generatorNot as required 
07199 - Other (fire safety)Other 
09232 - Cleanliness of engine roomInsufficient 
09209 - ElectricalNot as required 
07115 - Fire-dampersInoperative 
15150 - ISMNot as requiredYes
11131 - On board training and instructionsLack of training 
11104 - Rescue boatsNot ready for useYes
09209 - ElectricalUnsafe 
07110 – Fire fighting equipment and appliancesNot as required 
07101 - Fire prevention structural integrityInadequate 
This vessel was released on 24 July 2014
  • Date and Place of Detention: - 17 July 2014, Tilbury
  • Vessel Name: - TANAIS FLYER
  • GT: - 18,061
  • IMO No: - 9186479
  • Flag: - Belize (Grey List)
  • Company: - Tanais Shipping Ltd
  • Classification Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Recognised Organisation: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK) & Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
  • Summary: - 12 deficiencies with 2 grounds for detention
Defective ItemNature of DefectGround for Detention
04102 - Emergency fire pump and its pipesNot properly maintainedYes
07108 - Ready availability of fire fighting equipmentInoperative 
07105 - Fire doors/openings in fire-resisting divisionsNot as required 
07105 - Fire doors/openings in fire-resisting divisionsNot as required 
07199 - Other (fire safety)Other 
13101 - Propulsion main engineNot as required 
01308 - Records of seafarers’ daily hours of work or restIncorrect entries 
09216 - Personal equipmentMissing equipment 
10116 - Nautical publicationsMissing 
12110 - Tank entryNot as required 
15150 - ISMNot as requiredYes
04109 - Fire drillsLack of training 
This vessel was released on 21 July 2014
  • Date and Place of Detention: - 24 July 2014, Harwich
  • Vessel Name: - MSC TOKYO
  • GT: - 65,483
  • IMO No: - 9295361
  • Flag: - Liberia (White List)
  • Company: - Claus-Peter Offen Reederei
  • Classification Society: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
  • Recognised Organisation: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: Germanischer Lloyd (GL)
  • Summary: - 9 deficiencies with 2 grounds for detention
Defective ItemNature of DefectGround for Detention
02105 - Steering gearNot as requiredYes
03102 - Freeboard marksNot as required 
02106 - Hull damage impairing seaworthinessNot as required 
10127 - Voyage or passage planNot as required 
308 - Records of seafarers’ daily hours of work or restIncorrect entries 
10109 - Lights, shapes, sound-signalsNot as required 
07105 - Fire doors/openings in fire-resisting divisionsNot as required 
11117 - Lifebuoys incl. provision and dispositionNot as required 
15150 - ISMNot as requiredYes
This vessel was released on 26 July 2014
  • Date and Place of Detention: - 30 July 2014, Cardiff
  • Vessel Name: - DORIS T
  • GT: - 1973
  • IMO No: - 7626748
  • Flag: - Antigua and Barbuda (White List)
  • Company: - Interscan Schiffahrtsges mbH
  • Classification Society: Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation: Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: Bureau Veritas (BV)
  • Summary: - 7 deficiencies including 3 grounds for detention
Defective ItemNature of DefectGround for Detention
11101 LifeboatsNot properly maintained 
10101 - Pilot ladders and hoist/pilot transfer arrangementsUnsafe 
07113 - Fire pumps and its pipesNot as requiredYes
04109 - Fire drillsLack of knowledgeYes
10117 - Echo sounderInoperative 
10103 - RadarInsufficient 
15150 - ISMNot as requiredYes
This vessel was still detained at 31 July 2014.

DETENTIONS CARRIED OVER FROM PREVIOUS MONTHS

  • Date and Place of Detention: - 12th November 2013, Tyne
  • Vessel Name: - DONALD DUCKLING
  • GT: - 36801
  • IMO No: - 9137961
  • Flag: - Panama (WL)
  • Company: - TMT Company Ltd
  • Classification Society: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Recognised Organisation: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM: Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (NKK)
  • Summary: - 12 deficiencies including 4 grounds for detention
Defective ItemNature of DefectGround for Detention
9204 Safe means of accessNot as requiredNo
14104 Oil filtering equipmentNot as requiredYes
13105 UMS - ShipMalfunctioningNo
9132 Cold room temperatureNot as requiredNo
1107 Safety Management Certificate (SMC/ ISM)Not properly filledNo
13102 Auxiliary engineNot as requiredYes
9211 Steam pipes and pressure pipesNot as requiredNo
2105 Steering gearNot properly maintainedNo
13101 Propulsion main engineNot as requiredYes
13107 Other (machinery)OtherNo
13101 Propulsion main engineNot as requiredNo
15150 ISMNot as requiredYes
This vessel was still detained at 31 July 2014
  • Date and Place of detention: - 8 November 2010 Birkenhead
  • Vessel Name: - MOST SKY (General Cargo)
  • GT: - 1,972
  • IMO No: - 9389370
  • Flag: - Panama (WL)
  • Company: - ER Em Denizcilik
  • Classification Society: - Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
  • Recognised Organisation: - Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
  • Recognised Organisation for ISM:- Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RMRS)
  • Summary: - 18 deficiencies including 2 grounds for detention
This vessel was still detained at 31 July 2014
  • 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: - Not applicable
  • Summary: - 30 deficiencies including 7grounds for detention
This vessel was still detained at 31 July 2014

Friday, 22 August 2014

HUMBER COASTGUARD RESCUE MAN FROM LIFERAFT

Humber Coastguard received a 999 call this morning at 5.45am from a man reporting that his 36ft Bavarian yacht had gone up in smoke approximately 15 nautical miles off Sunderland. He was in need of assistance and recovery from his life raft.

Humber Coastguard requested the Hartlepool RNLI inshore and all weather lifeboats to the scene as well as the Tynemouth all weather lifeboat. The Seaham Coastguard Rescue Team was tasked and the RAF rescue helicopter from Boulmer also dispatched.

Humber Coastguard also received a number of 999 calls from the public and local vessels in the area who could see the smoke plumes and the yacht on fire.

Humber Coastguard Watch Manager Mark Ellis said:

“When we spoke to this gentleman, it was clear that he was foreign, but through broken English we were able to instruct him to discharge his personal locator beacon (PLB) which gave us an exact location. However due to the highly visible smoke on scene many vessels were already en route to assist.

When the man was located he had his lifejacket on and was in his life raft. The rescue helicopter reached him first and winched him to safety.”

Monday, 18 August 2014

MAN WINCHED FROM STRICKEN YACHT IN NORTH SEA

A man has been rescued after his yacht ran into difficulty 28 nautical miles north of Cromer.

Humber Coastguard received a distress alert from the 22ft yacht just after 8am this morning. 
The person on board reported that he was taking on water, his sails were in tatters and the engine had failed. The wind at the time was gusting up to 46 mph, with a 3.5 metre swell.

The search and rescue helicopter from RAF Wattisham was sent to the scene, along with the RNLI’s Cromer and Humber all-weather lifeboats. A vessel in the area at the time also went to help and stood by the yacht until rescue units arrived. The man was then winched on board the helicopter and taken to hospital to be checked over as he is showing signs of suffering from hypothermia.

Graham Dawson, Watch Manager at Humber Coastguard, said:

“Conditions out in the North Sea so far today have been pretty treacherous, with winds gusting more than 40mph and a large swell.

“However, this yacht was well-equipped with all the necessary communications equipment, so when he ran into trouble he could quickly raise the alarm. He had on board a VHF digital selective calling radio, which can send a distress alert and, if linked up to GPS, an accurate position of your vessel to the Coastguard with one touch of a button.”