Australia bans bulk carriers over multiple shortcomings Ship’s crew

Bulk carrier flying the flag of Panama They asked for wisdom was banned from Australian waters for a period of 90 days by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) due to numerous ascertainable deficiencies, including a defective lifeboat engine.

The ship is operated by Taiwan-based Well Shipmanagment & Maritime Consultant Company Limited, a company with a track record of poor performance and repeated run-ins with security agencies. Their fleet has a detention rate more than five times the average for ships calling at Australian waters.

AMSA had repeatedly warned the company about other ships in its fleet that had been detained in recent years. As a result, They asked for wisdom has been identified as a high risk vessel and was due to be inspected by the AMSA in Geelong on 17 May 2023.

During the inspection, AMSA inspectors found a “plethora” of deficiencies, including a malfunctioning lifeboat engine, defective backup batteries for the MF and HF radio systems, and systemic maintenance and reporting failures within the safety management system. The AMSA said these deficiencies posed and resulted in a significant risk to both safety and the environment Babuza wisdom immediate detention.

Michael Drake, AMSA’s executive director of operations, said the lifeboat’s malfunctioning engine alone affected the ship’s ability to respond to emergencies such as a man overboard, necessitating an arrest.

“To this was added the failed backup batteries for MF and HF radio systems, meaning the ship would have no radio support if it lost main engine power, which is a realistic scenario given the maintenance and reporting failures,” said Drake.

A review of regulatory interactions with other vessels operated by Well Shipmanagment over the past three years revealed significant systemic deficiencies and a pattern of unacceptable performance. Despite repeated warnings from AMSA to comply with international standards, the company has consistently demonstrated systemic deficiencies that endanger the safety of seafarers and the environment, according to the agency.

“That’s why we took the step of banning it They asked for wisdom “We will be sailing out of Australian waters for 90 days, which will send an even clearer signal to the operator about the importance of our role as a safety regulator and our zero tolerance approach to substandard vessels,” added Drake.

The latest action comes as AMSA cracks down on underperforming operators in the shipping industry.

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