Aground, Aegean sea
General cargo vessel Merkur 1 ran aground near Kos, Kos Island, Greece, in Aegean sea, on Sep 13 13 0.6 miles off the coast. Vessel loaded with timber was en route from Istanbul to Tripoli, Lebanon. AIS shows vessel as anchored. As of morning Sep 14 vessel was in the same position.
Detained by MCA for 3 days in April at Belfast
Date and Place of detention: - 15 April 2013, Belfast The vessel was detained in Belfast as there was retention of oil on board in the engine room bilges to be pumped ashore and not all officers can operate MFDSC. Nine deficiencies were marked as ISM, which demonstrate there was objective evidence of a serious failure, or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM Code. Other deficiencies identified were the emergency room quick closing valve was in need of repair and the escape light was extinguished; the magnetic compass can not be seen from steering position and there was no effective means of taking a bearing. The following were not found on board as expected charts 1752 & 1753, radio log, voyage or passage plan and compass correction log. The forward draft marks were incorrect. The vessel was released on 17 April 2013Upload News