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Fred. Olsen Cruise Line’s Balmoral detained for safety rule violations for two days in September

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’1988 built Balmoral was detained in Southampton for two days in September due to safety related deficiencies, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said in a statement.

“The vessel was detained in Southampton for 2 days because several track rollers of the starboard lifeboat davits were seized, the hours of rest records for the master, chief officer, chief engineer and senior first engineer were false for several days during September 2011, and the deficiencies identified were objective evidence of a serious failure or lack of effectiveness of the implementation of the ISM code,” MCA said in a statement. MCA enforces maritime safety regulations in the UK and posts details of vessels detained for violations of these regulations on its website.

“Other deficiencies identified included; the crew showed a lack of knowledge and training in respect of the abandon ship drill in addition fire screen doors 402A I and 2409 in the laundry were not closing. The vessel was released from detention on 28/09/2011,” MCA said.

The ship’s classification society is Bureau Veritas and the recognized organization for ISM (International Ship Management) Code is Det Norske Veritas, MCA said.