UK holds four

Three German ships were among four detained after failing safety checks in the UK during May.

IMM Shipping’s 7,600–dwt bulker HC Natalia (built 2001) was held in Liverpool with 18 deficiencies including three that were grounds for detention.

These included a fault with its emergency generator and other machinery.

Vega Reederei’s 957–teu Vega Pollux (built 2005) was detained with 13 deficiencies and five grounds for detention.

Inspectors found problems with its charts, emergency generator and winches and capstans.

The 1,800-dwt Suntis (built 1985) was also held at Goole after three crew died when they suffocated in a cargo hold.

The grounds for detention was given as entry into dangerous spaces.

The vessel, operated by Warnecke Schiffart, was released on 30 May.