AMSA bans Briese cargo ship from Australian waters

Australia as part of its focus on maritime safety reports it took the step to ban from its waters for 180 days a second Briese Heavylift general cargo ship.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a 180-day ban on Briese Heavylift´s general cargo ship BBC Pearl over multiple failures of the safety management system, a defective emergency generator and defective fire dampers, during a port State control inspection in Cairns.

The Authority has banned the ship after an inspection revealed “serious deficiencies”.

Specifically the regulator mentioned that “the vessel was detained in Cairns for four days until the serious deficiencies were rectified before, it proceeded to Port Hedland where the banning notice was issued.”

AMSA said this is the second banning of a Briese Heavylift GmbH & Co vessel in the past month, following the 90-day ban issued to the BBC Weser on 12 June.

The Executive Director of Operations of AMSA Michael Drake said the safety violations on the BBC Pearl were alarming and posed a real safety risk to the seafarers on board.

“The defective emergency generator would render the vessel helpless in the event of a main power supply failure, and this is the second time the BBC Pearl has been detained for a defective emergency generator. These are clear violations of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea”, he said.

Mr. Drake commented that any operators that think they can get away with substandard ships in Australia should be on notice. 

“Australia has a reputation for upholding high safety standards for vessels entering our waters. We have imposed a longer ban of 180-days on the BBC Pearl to send a clear message to any poor-performing operator that Australia finds these conditions to be unacceptable”, he added.