The circular issued by Directorate General of Shipping states that “the organization vested with the responsibility and the authority to ensure the safe operation of the Indian flag ship, M.T. Prem Pride failed to undertake the mandatory Intermediate surveys for the Safety Construction (SAFCON) & Loadline certifications of the oil tanker M.T. Prem Pride, despite having a period of 18 months to plan and safely execute the same. The company failed to undertake the mandatory Annual statutory surveys and endorsement of other statutory certificates, viz. Safety Equipment (SEQ), Safety Radio (SRT), lnternational Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) etc within the due date of 19.05.2013, despite having the window period of six-months to plan and execute the same.
The Circular further goes on to state “Seriously taking note that the Company had undertaken the loading operation of dangerous (oil) cargo on the vessel at Panna Anchorage, fully knowing that the statutory Certificates of the vessel were all expired as has been mentioned above, rendering her unsafe and unseaworthy within the meaning Sect. 334 &336 of Merchant Shipping Act 1958, as amended.
Recalling that the explosion onboard M.T. Prem Divya on 29.12.2011, leading to the loss of five lives, was due to the series of such safety violations of similar nature from M/s. Anglo-Eastern Ship Management (India) Pvt. Ltd, a sister concern of M/s Anglo-Eastern Ship Management (Singapore) Pte.Ltd., and that both the vessels belonged to the same owner.
Full contents of the circular can be viewed on www.dgshipping.com
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