What are common Port State Control observations led to vessel detention?

09 Mar '17, 12:49

March 9, 2017, 12:49 p.m.
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Inspection process and possible observations depends a lot on ship & equipment condition, crew knowledge and experience, inspector personality. But some common spots could be identified as per list below (recent observation found in 2017)

  • Air conditioning not working properly, crew cabin temperature out of comfort limits
  • Tank pipe vent heads defective (missing flame screen etc)
  • Emergency fire pump unable to pressurize system
  • Fire fighting line isolation valve found seized in open position
  • Emergency fire pump failed to supply water exceeded 15 minutes after the starting
  • Crew not familiar with fire drill
  • Quick closing valve kept in in open position by means of support
  • Crew not familiar with testing of quick closing valves
  • Quick closing valve leaking in closed position
  • Sewage bypass kept in open position and untreated sewage discharged overboard
  • Air pipe top cover gasket for tanks in bad condition
  • Cable penetrations through bulkheads not blocked by thermal insulation material
  • Auxiliary engine exhaust pipe missing thermal insulation
  • ISPP certificate invalid
  • Vessel trading pattern since issuance of conditional SC certificate for postponement of renewal survey not in accordance with the SOLAS requirements (Ch. 1/ Reg. 14 para. E).
  • Vessel trading pattern since issuance of conditional LL certificate for postponement of renewal survey not in accordance with the requirements of ICLL 1988 Prot. Annex A/Art. 19 para 5
  • Vessel trading pattern since issuance of conditional SE certificate for postponement of renewal survey not in accordance with the SOLAS requirements (Ch. 1/ Reg. 14 para. E)
  • Crew expired contract
  • Crew contract not signed
  • Emergency fire pump self priming unit inoperative
  • Emergency fire pump pressure insufficient for 2 hoses
  • MF-HF radio installation inoperative
  • OWS 15 ppm alarm inoperative
  • Evidence of lack of familiarity of navigation officers on GMDSS installation
  • No evidence of good functioning of DSC VHF
  • Common sanitary facilities in accommodation found in very poor condition
  • Crew not familiar with correct boarding procedure for enclosed lifeboat
  • Various fire doors from accommodation to stairwell not closing properly, some found secured open
  • Senior deck an engineer officers were found to be unfamiliar with the operation of fixed E/R CO2 fire suppresion system
  • Fire drill conducted without muster and missing crew not identified
  • Crew entered fire scene without BA
  • Abandon ship drill found to be very poor with inaccurate instructions given by the officers
  • Numerous pilot gas hoses found to be severely kinked
  • Main fire line founded holed
  • Crew is not familiar with the position and how to use the remote emergency stop for ER equipment (ventilation, booster pump, purifier etc)
  • Person in charge to make measurement of oxygen is not familiar with gas detector
  • Several air pipes found the disc stuck
  • Fire dampers found hard to close
  • Water ingress level detector fault
  • Speed and distance measuring device found excessive error
  • Suction valve for the water mist system found in closed position
  • Required amount of fresh water no maintained
  • Crew could not provide proof of a valid license for flag endorsement
  • Life boat engine failed to start
  • Water mist fire extinguishing system found inoperable. The manual for the water mist is missing

The basic and most neglected rule is to maintain your equipment as per maker's and owner's instruction, maintain company SMS in proper way, comply with international standards. Required guidelines, rules and checks already created and thorough following them minimizes risk of deficiencies and detentions.

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10 Mar '17, 16:04

March 10, 2017, 4:04 p.m.
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