The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned the Philippines-flagged general cargo ship ‘Thorco Luna’ after it was detained for a third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards.
The ship was released from its latest detention at Port Kembla on 8 June but will not be permitted to enter an Australian port for 3 months.
AMSA had inspected the ship 5 times between November 2017 and June 2018 - on 3 of these occasions it was detained and issued with 34 deficiencies. The ship’s average deficiency rate is 6.8 deficiencies per inspection - almost triple the industry average of 2.3.
The most serious deficiencies stemmed from officers and crew being unfamiliar with the operation of critical shipboard equipment and procedures for navigation and fire safety. This contravenes the obligations under the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention.
In one case, the ship’s navigating officers had planned to transit a compulsory pilotage area without a pilot and were unfamiliar with the operation of the electronic navigation systems upon which they relied.
AMSA has banned 6 ships in the past 2 years - none of them European.