Posted on June 11, 2018 by Hannah Berry
Australian ports have banned cargo ship Thorco Luna from entering their waters for a period of three months after it once again failed to comply with stringent industry standards.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), found that the cargo ship’s average deficiency rate is 6.8 deficiencies per inspection, which is nearly triple the industry average of 2.3. The most severe deficiencies revolved around the lack of compulsory training undertaken by officers and crew.
Those seafarers on board the vessel at the time of a recent inspection, were unaccustomed to how the critical shipboard equipment operated and were unaware of procedures for navigation and fire safety. In one instance which was highlighted, the Thorco Luna’s navigating officer had planned to transit an area using an electronic navigation system, but was unsure as to how it operated.
The ship underwent five inspections between November 2017 and June 2018. On three occasions the ship was detained and was only released from its most recent detention on 8th June 2018.
Stephen Curry, AMSA’s Acting General Manager of Operations said Thorco Luna’s operator had repeatedly failed to ensure the crew ran the ship safely and in line with international standards.
“Thorco Luna has been banned from entering an Australian port for a period of three months, which should give the operators time to reassess the management of their operations.”