MCA: ‘Boy Ethan B215’ fishing vessel detained Published: 30 March, 2007
MCA surveyors have detained the Swansea based 14.5 metre fishing vessel Boy Ethan, B 215, for the second time in less than two years.
Concerns were raised recently regarding the condition of the French built, steel hulled fishing vessel, constructed in 1977.
When MCA surveyors visited the vessel in Swansea, they found a total of 15 deficiencies. The most serious of these involving the water integrity of the vessel, corrosion, holes and cracking were found in the bulwarks, water was leaking into the engine room due to corrosion of the main deck and there was also excessive leakage through the rudder stock gland.
Due to the seriousness of these deficiencies a detention order was served on the vessel preventing her from going to sea.
Other areas of concern were that there was no magnetic compass onboard, with the vessel relying entirely on electronic navigation aids. Exposed electrical wiring, a split fire hose, defective bilge alarm warning panel, oil in the bilge spaces and extremely damp crew accommodation.
Lee Haigh, MCA fishing vessel inspector for South Wales commented: “It is worrying that this vessel has now been detained on two occasions due to numerous deficiencies being found. It is essential that owners ensure that their vessels are maintained to a good standard and that they regard the safety of their crews as paramount. The MCA are always available to offer advice and guidance to owners, skippers and crews.”
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