The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced on Wednesday (Dec 16) that seven foreign flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2015 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection.

During November, there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port. Two vessels remained under detention from previous months and four vessels were released during November, with a total of three vessels remaining under detention at the end of November.

Five More Foreign Flagged Ships Under Detention In The UK During November 2015

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Namely, the vessels detained in November were the general cargo vessel Griftbor, owned by Atrica Marine Tallinn, Estonia, and tanker Norgas Orinda, owned by Norgas Carriers Pte Ltd., which were released on November 13.

The Vanuatu-flagged vessel River Thames, owned by Wakes & Co Ltd, London, and Marshall Islands-flagged Federal Yoshino, owned by Intership Navigation Inc. were released on November 17 and 20, respectively, while the Bolivia-flagged United Ocean, owned by Premier Shipping & Trading SA, was still detained as of November 30.

Two vessels which were previously detained in January 2015 and March 2010, namely the Antigua & Barbuda-flagged Doris T, owned by Interscan Schiffahrt-SG Esillschaft, Hamburg, and general cargo ship Cien Porciento, owned by Open Window Inc, were still detained on 30 November 2015.

The UK, which is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU), holds information on all ships that are inspected in an electronic database known as Thetis, allowing the ships of flags with poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.

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.

All deficiencies should be rectified before departure if possible.