USCG Detains Two Bulkers in Portland and Kalama

The US Coast Guard has set in motion a detention of the Panama-flagged bulk carriers Atlantic Ruby and Amber L after discovering substandard safety issues while conducting routine Port State Control exams onboard the vessels at the Port of Portland and the Port of Kalama on the Columbia River.

The Atlantic Ruby, a 590-foot bulk carrier, was boarded in Portland on February 23, after Port State Control Officers detected the SOLAS deficiencies.

Coast Guard inspectors found the fixed fire extinguishing system was improperly serviced, with the time delays left disconnected. The time delay ensures personnel inside a room are able to escape before the fixed fire extinguishing agent is released.

A separate Port State Control exam conducted in Kalama onboard the Amber L, a 609-foot bulk carrier, identified several safety discrepancies. Inspectors found cooling water leaking from the main engine and multiple issues with the vessel’s steering system.

Through the Port State Control program, the USCG verifies that foreign flagged vessels operating in US waters comply with applicable international conventions, US laws, and US regulations.

PSC exams focus on those vessels most likely to be substandard, based on identified risk factors. When vessels are identified as not being in substantial compliance with applicable laws or regulations, the Coast Guard imposes controls until the conditions have been rectified and the vessels are brought into compliance.

The Atlantic Ruby and the Amber L will remain in the Columbia River Captain of the Port zone until the discrepancies are corrected.

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