Indian ship detained in Britain

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Jul 13, 2016 16:31 IST
Britain’s maritime authorities detained an Indian ship named “Malaviya Seven”. (Wikimedia commons)

Britain’s maritime authorities detained an Indian ship named “Malaviya Seven” after surveyors found three deficiencies when it docked in Aberdeen.

The deficiencies on the ship, owned by GOL Offshore Ltd, related to wages (missing), calculation and payment of wages (no records) and seafarers employment (invalid), the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.

The ship was detained on June 15, the agency said on Tuesday.

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

The Indian vessel was among three foreign ships detained during June, the agency added.

Mumbai-headquartered 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 activities”.

Britain is part of a regional agreement known as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control. 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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