>Coast Guard Detains Ships for Safety and Environmental Protection Violations

>In the last three weeks, Fifth District units detained three foreign ships after port state control exams revealed the ships were unsafe to proceed to sea.

Although these Coast Guard interventions often occur without much fanfare, the Coast Guard’s port state control program saves lives and protects the environment, and has been, since its inception in 1994, successful in identifying and eliminating substandard ships from U.S. waters.

On Dec. 24, Sector Baltimore detained the 574-ft, 18-yr old, chemical tank ship M/V GLOBAL BISLET for having an inoperable emergency fire pump, oily water separator and navigation lights. During the course of the examination, Coast Guard port state control officers discovered that the ship knowlingly made the inbound transit to Baltimore, MD, with inoperable navigation lights and emergency fire pump, and, in addition, failed to report a temporary loss of its propulsion system. As a result, Sector Baltimore issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) in the amount of $10,000 U.S. dollars to the ship’s managing operator for failure to notify the Coast Guard of the hazardous conditions onboard and the marine casualty. On Jan. 9, the safety deficiencies were corrected, payment for the NOV was received, and the ship was released from detention.

On Jan. 9, Sector Baltimore detained the 738-ft, 6-month old, bulk carrier M/V IORANA for failure to maintain an accurate Oil Record Book and a failure to implement the vessel’s approved safety management system to include its own policy regarding health, safety and environmental protection. Today, the M/V IORANA remains under detention.

On Jan. 11, Sector North Carolina detained the 431-ft, 2-year old, freight ship M/V LEHMANN FORESTER for inoperable equipment, poor waste management practices, and conditions within the engine room that present an undue risk of fire. Today, the M/V LEHMANN FORESTER remains under detention. In an unrelated incident, it was the explosives offloaded from the M/V LEHMANN FORESTER that were involved in the recent spill at the State Port facility in Morehead City, NC.