Bulk Carrier Nikolaos GS detained in Germany for 20 days

Suffering from some major defects, the Bulk Carrier MV Nikolaos GS (IMO 9267170) has been detained in Lübeck, Germany for 20 days. During a regular Port State inspection, a total of 68 defects were identified on Nikolas GS including those on emergency exits, engine room insulation, fire doors, and fire dampers. Speaking to the local media, Christian Bubenzer from the ship safety department of BG Verkehr said that the number of defects was exceptionally high. He said that detention is the most appropriate action for vessels with such a long list of defects. Usually, vessels have few defects and companies rectify them before departure so that during follow-up inspections of Port State the deficiencies are cleared. But in the case of Nikolas GS, several follow-ups would be needed. Christian added that it is highly unusual for a shipping company to take as long as 20 days to rectify the defects.

The 169m long Nikolas GS had arrived at Lübeck from Ireland for loading wheat cargo on 2021-08-25. The 2002 built vessel sails under the Marshall Islands flag and is operated by a Greek company. The charterer of the vessel is a Geneva, Switzerland-based company. Apart from its long list of defects, the vessel had serious hygiene and cleanliness problems related to the sanitation facilities, galley, and provisions. This led to the involvement of port authorities and water police with the vessel. Nikolaos GS was finally allowed to leave the port on 2021-09-15.

The European Shipping Agency EMSA database showed only three deficiencies for the vessel when Port State Control (PSC) inspected the vessel earlier this year in Spain whereas last year the vessel was inspected by PSC in Turkey and had only one deficiency.

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