FOC oil tanker jumps UK detention
2 March 2012An oil tanker registered in the flag of convenience (FOC) state of Mongolia has been banned from 27 countries after it jumped detention in the UK.
The Global Star was detained in Portland, Dorset after port state control inspectors found it had 19 deficiencies and four grounds for detention. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency reports that: "the accommodation and the galley were in an unhygienic condition, there was a large quantity of oil in the engine room bilges and floor plates, and the vessel did not implement a safety management system."
The vessel, which had been detained three times since 2010, jumped the current detention without authority and has now been banned from any port and anchorage in the 27 countries signed up to the Paris memorandum of understanding (MOU) on port state control inspection.
It was one of eight foreign-flagged ships detained in the UK during January 2012 after they failed port state control inspection.
For countries signed up to the Paris memorandum of understanding on port state control inspection go to: http://www.parismou.org/Organization/About_us/2010.12.28/Scope.htm
For countries declared FOC states by the ITF go to: http://www.itfglobal.org/flags-convenience/flags-convenien-183.cfm