Cruise ship seized on Sunday for ‘serious deficiencies’ docks in Hunterston


A cruise ship seized in Greenock for “serious deficiencies” docked in Hunterston.

Ocean Atlantic was detained by Maritime Agency and Coastguard officials after his team boarded the ship for security checks.

The ship was seized at Greenock Ocean Terminal on Sunday for what the MCA said were security breaches.

The ship, operated by Albatros Expeditions, was due to sail around several Scottish islands, but the trip was cancelled.

Earlier this evening the ship left Greenock and is currently moored in Hunterston

The ship’s next announced voyage is an 11-day cruise from Aberdeen to the Arctic Islands on May 29.

An MCA spokesperson said: “The MCA Investigation and Inspection Team inspected the vessel Ocean Atlantic (IMO number 8325432) on May 22 under State Control Regulations of the port of the Paris memorandum of understanding and the vessel was detained.

“He was detained due to shortcomings covering a variety of international convention requirements, including but not limited to maintenance of firefighting equipment, crew familiarization with drills, load line requirements, pollution prevention requirements and maritime labor convention requirements.

“MCA inspectors will re-inspect when asked to do so by the company and when the vessel is ready to demonstrate compliance with the requirements.”


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