A UK court doled out a more than £25,000 fine to the Captain of a Russian oil tanker yesterday after a number of “extremely serious” safety failures were discovered aboard his vessel.
Hull Magistrates Court fined Vitaliy Trofimov, Captain of the Russian registered 278 foot long tanker, Tecoil Polaris, for breaching the International Safety Management (ISM) Code in a prosecution brought by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Mr Trofimov pleaded guilty to ‘serious non-compliance of safety requirements’ which placed the vessel under his care ‘at risk’.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency say the vessel arrived a Humber Point on Tuesday 5 June 2018 from Finland and was inspected on 6 June 2018.
Upon inspection it was discovered that the vessel held a “catalogue of deficiencies” such as not having correct navigation charts or voyage plan, incorrect stability calculations, navigation equipment not working and defects with lifesaving equipment.
The vessel was subsequently detained and its safety certificate cancelled.