AMSA bars BBC Rio from Australian ports for three months

General cargo ship BBC Rio (IMO 9430222) has been banned from Australian ports for three months due to what AMSA called “serious and repeated safety and pollution prevention related failures”. The ship was detained on August 18th in Bunbury, Western Australia, after a routine inspection revealed 20 deficiencies, ranging from serious electrical hazards, faulty fuel oil leak alarms, defective forepeak tank head, a defective bridge window, a broken sewage treatment plant and significant oil accumulation in the engine room.

AMSA General Manager of Operations Allan Schwartz said it was the operator’s second run-in with authorities in Australia this year.

“A sister ship, BBC Rainbow, operated by JP Alliance Ship Management was also detained by AMSA in Bunbury on 12 February 2020 for similar failures relating to safety and pollution prevention,” Mr Schwartz said.

“The operator was issued with a formal letter warning that should BBC Rainbow or another ship in its fleet be caught with serious deficiencies in Australian waters again, that it may attract more serious regulatory action.

AMSA said that the BBC Rio rectified the most serious safety deficiencies while detained in Bunbury and was permitted to offload its remaining cargo in Adelaide, South Australia as scheduled, so as to avoid any disruption to cargo operations. As of September 3rd it was moored in Adelaide.

2012-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 14,859 gt BBC Rio is owned and managed by SK Transportation SA care of Phoenix Bulk Carriers (US) LLC of Middletown, Rhode Island, USA. ISM manager is JP Alliance Ship Management Co Inc of Manila, Philippines. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of SK Transportation SA.