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From the MCA website -

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced today that eight foreign ships were under detention in UK ports during August 2006 after failing Port State Control safety inspection.

Latest monthly figures show that there were seven new detentions of foreign flagged ships in UK ports during August 2006, along with one other ship still under detention from the previous month, compared with six new detentions during July. The overall rate of detentions compared with inspections carried out over the last twelve months dipped just below 5%, a slight decrease compared with Julys twelve month rate.

During the month of August 167 Port State Control inspections were carried out in the UK, which brings the recorded total from January to August this year to 1149 inspections. For those ships inspected during August a total of 50 vessels had no deficiencies raised against them, 76 had between one and five deficiencies, 23 had between six and ten deficiencies, 16 had between eleven and twenty deficiencies and 2 vessels had more than twenty deficiencies.

Four general cargo vessels, two bulk carriers and one ro-ro cargo vessel were detained in August, one vessel was registered with a flag state listed on the Paris MOU black list, two were registered with a state on the grey list and four were registered with states on the white list.

Among the vessels detained in the UK in August were:

• a 47,500 GT ro-ro cargo vessel detained at Port of Tyne with car deck ventilator trunking corroded through and repaired with tape, also severe corrosion to the port lifeboat davit arms;
• a 21,030 GT bulk carrier detained at Tilbury for defective lifeboat launching gear, an inoperative emergency fire pump and inadequate fire drill.

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