FEBRUARY 18, 2014 — Propulsion and machinery deficiencies led to 68 ships being detained in a three month crack down by port state control authorities. The deficiencies accounted for 41% of those found as a result of the Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on Propulsion and Auxiliary Machinery, carried out between September 1and November 30, 2013 in the Paris MoU region.
Problem areas included the propulsion of the main engine, cleanliness of the engine room and emergency source of power/emergency generator.
More than half of all the machinery related detentions involved ships of 20 years or more.
"This outcome illustrates that wear and tear of propulsion and auxiliary machinery remains an issue, which should be adequately addressed by shipowners," says Richard Schiferli, Secretary General of the Paris MoU on PSC.