The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has revoked the Australian Certificate for the Carriage of Livestock (ACCL) for the Panamanian flagged livestock carrier, MV Jawan because the vessel’s approved stability data cannot be relied upon when the vessel is loaded.
The Jawan was scheduled to depart from Portland on a journey from Australia to Pakistan this morning after the vessel’s classification society, on behalf of the flag state, provided their assessment of the ship’s stability.
When moved from berth, the ship demonstrated a motion that suggested the ship lacked stability. The master of the vessel requested the vessel be returned to the berth. The attending AMSA Marine Surveyor boarded the vessel as soon as it was secured.
All vessels that visit Australia are required to have approved stability information and must calculate the vessel’s stability for every voyage in accordance with the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS), given effect in Australian law through the Navigation Act 2012.
Where a master fails to properly determine a vessel’s stability or the approved information the master uses is unreliable, there is a significant risk. It is a fundamental requirement for vessel owners and masters to have stability information to rely on.
AMSA’s Chief Executive Officer, Mick Kinley, said that revoking the ACCL was considered the only option gave the circumstances.
“It is extremely concerning that the operators are unable to determine the vessel’s stability in a loaded condition since its recent dry-docking and the operator and classification society seem unable to provide a plausible explanation for this situation. It’s a very basic requirement,” Mr Kinley said.
AMSA expects the vessel will be subject to a detailed examination by the operator and classification society. This may include an ‘inclining experiment’ to fully determine the vessel’s condition and why the current data cannot be relied upon.
AMSA will also be working with the vessel’s operator, flag state and classification society to determine how the problems with the vessel’s stability data have originated.
Masters, operators and exporters are reminded of their obligations under Australian regulations and international conventions and loading of livestock will be prohibited if these requirements are not met.