Another Indian ship detained in Britain

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Aug 02, 2016 17:28 IST
Malaviya Twenty is the second ship belonging to Mumbai-headquartered GOL Offshore Limited to be detained in Britain after Malaviya Seven was held at Aberdeen in June.   (Representational Image)

Britain’s maritime authorities said on Tuesday an Indian ship named Malaviya Twenty was detained in July after surveyors found five deficiences when it docked in Great Yarmouth.

This was the second ship belonging to Mumbai-headquartered GOL Offshore Limited to be detained after Malaviya Seven was detained at Aberdeen in June.  

The deficiencies listed for Malaviya Twenty, detained at the port in east England on July 4, were related to minimum safe manning (missing), medical certificate (expired), wages (missing), calculation and payment of wages (no records) and seafarers employment (invalid), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

It said when a foreign ship at a British port is found to be not in compliance with applicable convention requirements, a deficiency may be raised. If any of the deficiencies are so serious they have to be rectified before departure, then the ship will be detained.

The vessel was among three new detentions in July and was still detained as of July 31, the agency said.

GOL Offshore describes itself as “India's prominent integrated offshore oilfield services provider offering a broad spectrum of services to upstream oil and gas producers to carry out offshore exploration and production (E&P) activities”.

Britain is part of a regional agreement on port state control known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (Paris MOU). Information on all ships inspected is held centrally in an electronic database known as THETIS, which allows ships with a high risk rating and poor detention records to be targeted for future inspection.

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