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Fine for Boat Docked at Portland

Fishing Boat

7:57am 14th March 2013

A shipping company who's vessel was docked at Portland has been fined over 13 thousand pounds for disregarding safety.

The Terry Siete registered to a firm in Panama was boarded by Inspectors from the MCA last June.

They found that proper procedures weren't in place for accessing the ballast tanks - that's the part at the bottom of the ship that holds water.

The owners of the Terry Siete, PM Shipping International SA of Santander, Spain pleaded guilty to a breach of the Merchant Shipping (International Safety Management (ISM) Code) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1561) for failing to comply with objectives of the ISM Code. The company was today fined £5,000 plus costs of £6,652.50 at a hearing at Southampton Magistrates Court.
 
At a previous hearing, the Designated Person Ashore (DPA), Mr Luis Monton had pleaded guilty to a breach of the Merchant Shipping (International Safety Management (ISM) Code) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1561) for failing to ensure proper procedures were in place. He was fined £1,000 plus costs of £500.

 The Chairman of the Bench stated:

 "PM Shipping had failed to properly apply the ISM code. It showed a pattern of deceit to cover up defects, and showed willful disregard for safety of crew and third party workers on board."

 Richard Pellew, the MCA's Area Operations Manager (Survey & Inspection) for South-East England, said:

 "Entry into confined spaces without correct procedures placed both crew and shore contractors at risk. The company had received a warning that its procedures were lacking but failed to correct matters. The DPA failed in his duty to ensure that correct procedures were in place and then oversaw improper entries into the ships ballast tanks.

 "This prosecution should be a reminder to all owners and operators to have correct procedures in place for entries into enclosed spaces."

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