THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority issued 165 detentions over the 2017 calendar year, according to the Authority’s recently published Port State Control 2017 Report.
Last year AMSA carried out 3128 port state control (PSC) inspections in 54 Australian ports, with the detention rate standing at 5.3%, the lowest rate since 2006.
Over the year there were 28,502 ship arrivals by 5873 foreign-flagged ships.
Last year, AMSA banned three ships for periods from three to 12 months, and two of the bans involved breaches of the Maritime Labour Convention. The ships were DL Carnation (for 12 months) Rena (for six months) and Kiunga Chief (for three months).
At the top of the list of top five PSC inspections by flag was Panama, with 763 inspections, or nearly a quarter of all AMSA’s inspections of foreign-flagged vessels. This was followed by Marshall Islands (10.8% of AMSA’s inspections of foreign-flagged vessels), Singapore (10.4%), Hong Kong (9.9%) and Liberia (9.7%).
When it comes to detentions of foreign flagged vessels in 2017, Panama also tops the list, with 44, or 26.7% of total detentions for the year. Panama was followed by Liberia with 19 detentions, or 11.5%, the Malta with 18, or 10.8%, Marshall Islands (16 detentions, 9.7%) and Singapore (14 detentions, 8.5%).
The most frequent cause for detention since 2010 relates to effective implementation of safety management system required by the International Safety Management Code (ISM).
And, since 2015, AMSA said issues around passage planning and conduct of voyages had contributed to the number of ISM detentions, and remain a “major concern” for the Authority.
ISM topped the list of detainable deficiencies discovered during AMSA inspections in 2017, with 29.2% of such deficiencies. The second-biggest detainable deficiency was fire safety (11.4%), emergency systems (14.6%), live-saving appliances (11.9%) and water/weather-tight conditions (9.1%).
In 2017, AMSA received 177 complaints about breaches of the Maritime Labour Convention. The largest share of complaints, 44 of them, came directly from seafarers, while the International Transport Workers’ Federation was the source of 42 complaints. Thirty two came from other welfare groups, 10 from government agencies and 15 from other sources.
After AMSA investigated the complaints, the Authority issued deficiencies against 30 vessels and detained eight for MLC-related issues.
Most of the complaints relating to the MLC were about wages and food, with 37 complaints each. Other complaints had to do with repatriation (18 complaints); hours of work and hours of rest (16 complaints); health and safety protection and accident prevention (14 complaints); and several others, including 10 complaints about bullying and harassment.
Australian-flagged ships calling at foreign ports were subject to 12 PSC inspections by foreign maritime authorities including Russia, Vietnam and Japan. These inspections found four deficiencies and there were no detentions.