Fewer detentions for tankers in 2004 in U.S. port inspections

Statistics presented by the magazine Safety at Sea International show that in U.S. port inspections in 2004 there have been fewer safety detentions for tankers than for the other major ship types.

Safety detentions 2004:

Ship type

Detentions

No ships

Rate

Bulk

62

6,190

0.0100

Ro-ro

16

1,801

0.0089

Chemical tankers

7

924

0.0076

Gas carrier

6

1,091

0.0055

General cargo

41

10,335

0.0040

Reefer

7

1,740

0.0040

Container

11

3368

0.0033

Tanker (not spec)

13

9218

0.0014

Passenger

5

3305

0.0015

Oil tanker

5

7,469

0.0007

Others

4

 

NA

Total

177

 

NA

There have been only three major accidents in North American waters over the last two years: the StattenIsland ferry Andrew j. Barberi, which crashed into the pier killing 11 people and injuring more than 70; the tanker Athos I, which fell foul of several uncharted objects on the river bottom of the lower Delaware river, spilling some 80 tonnes of crude oil; and lastly the bulker Selendang Ayu, which grounded and broke up in Alaska. 

Most of the safety detentions were related to fire-fighting equipment (87) and ISM Code deficiencies (84). 

U.S. safety detentions by category 

Propulsion and auxiliary mach.

14%

General Safety def.

11%

Life saving equipment

13%

Fire fighting equipment

15%

ISM

14%

Others

33%

Contact: Erik Ranheim