8 Foreign Vessels under Detention during March 2013 in UK

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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) stated that 8 foreign-flagged vessels were under detention in the United Kingdom ports during March 2013 after failing the inspection of Port State Control (PSC).
According to the latest monthly figures there were 4 new detentions of foreign-flagged ships in United Kingdom ports during March 2013 and 4 ships remained under detention from last months. There were 7 ships that remained under detention at the end of March. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last 12 months was 3.34 per cent, which is slightly down from February's 12 month rate.
Out of the detained ships 5 were registered with a flag state listed on the Paris MOU white list, 2 were registered with a flag state on the grey list, none were registered with a flag state on the black list, only 1 was unregistered and none were registered with a flag state that wasn't included on the Paris MOU white, grey or black lists.
Inspections of foreign-flagged vessels in the United Kingdom ports are undertaken by surveyors from the MCA. Where a vessel is found to be insufficient or lacks the required documentation, the surveyors of MCA may take a range of actions that lead to detention in serious cases. The United Kingdom is part of a regional agreement on port state control that is known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU) and information on all vessels, which are inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as Thetis. This allows the vessels of flags with poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.