Australia bans second Briese heavy lift vessel over safety breaches Ship’s crew

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has banned a second Briese Heavylift GmbH & Co vessel from sailing into Australian waters due to safety violations, including failures in the safety management system and defective equipment.

The AMSA issued a 180-day ban on general cargo carriers BBC Pearl After an inspection by Port State Control in Cairns revealed multiple safety management system failures, a defective emergency generator and defective fire dampers. The ship was detained in Cairns for four days due to serious deficiencies before proceeding to Port Hedland where the ban notice was issued.

The ban is the second in a month for a Briese Heavylift GmbH & Co. ship, following the 90-day ban imposed on Briese Heavylift GmbH & Co BBC Weser At the beginning of June.

AMSA said the operator had a poor record of performing and received multiple warnings that future security breaches would result in strict enforcement action. In banning the BBC Weser, AMSA found that one in five Briese heavylift vessels has been detained in Australia since May 2021 – a detention rate more than three times the average for vessels calling at Australian waters.

Michael Drake, executive director of operations at AMSA, said the security breaches at the BBC Pearl were alarming as they posed a real safety hazard to the seafarers on board.

“The failed backup generator would render the ship helpless in the event of a main power failure, and this is the second time this has happened.” BBC Pearl was arrested because of a faulty backup generator set,” said Drake. “These are clear violations of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.”

The ban comes as Australia continues to crack down on unsafe and unseaworthy ships and their operators. Drake warns any operators using substandard vessels in Australia will be held accountable.

“Australia has a reputation for maintaining high safety standards for ships entering our waters,” he said. “We imposed a longer ban of 180 days BBC Pearl to send a clear message to any underperforming operator that Australia deems these conditions unacceptable.”

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