Breach of international regulations cost major shipping company 22,939.27 pounds


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26 Oct 2010

cargo_11111111.jpgAt a hearing today in Newcastle Magistrates Court, the Owners of the UK registered container ship Maersk Patras pleaded guilty to eight charges of failing to provide adequate hours of rest for the crew and one charge of failing to improve the situation

In September 2009, the MCA conducted an audit on board the MAERSK
PATRAS at Bremerhaven. It was noticed that the Captain, Officers and
other crew members had not been having the required periods of rest as
laid down by international agreements.

The company, A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S of Denmark, were informed of these
concerns but failed to correct matters and the breaches of the
regulations continued. On the 25th January 2010, the MCA issued the
company with an Improvement Notice which required them to rectify the
position by the 28th February 2010.  They also failed to comply with
that notice.

A.P.Moller-Maersk were fined £18,500 plus costs of £4,439.27

Neil Atkinson, Marine Surveyor, Maritime and Coastguard Agency said:

"Fatigue is often a significant factor in accidents, whether it is to
individuals or to the ship itself. For this reason the MCA are focusing
on seafarer’s hours of rest during routine inspections of UK and
foreign flag vessels.  This conviction should send a strong message to
the industry that failing to provide adequate hours of rest for the
crew is not acceptable.”

Graham Duff, prosecuting on behalf of the MCA said in court:

The hours of rest regulations are not just a beauracratic exercise, they are all about safety.

It should go without saying that fatigue, particularly for decision
makers on board large vessels, is a very real enemy and presents a
significant risk to the safety of others.

Source: Maritime and Coastguard Agency UK


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