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help lift two detentions

Instructors from Fire-Aid International Training Limited have helped lift detentions imposed on two ships by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) following Port State Inspections.

The first, at Avonmouth in the Port of Bristol, affected the Bahamas flagged M/V African Queen that was the subject of a detainment resulting from a PSI in late October. Following a request by local agents Cory Brothers, FAITL sent a team of instructors to the ship on October 28th. FAITL instructors were Mick Cant and Mike Hobbins with John Brownlee, Jason Erskine and Keith Allgood joining them on different days.

After three days of intensive training, the instructors were able to lift the standard of firefighting and emergency preparedness to a satisfactory level. With other non training-related issues, still to be concluded, the instructors left the ship on October 30th.


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Training Director Chris Rowley and instructor Keith Allgood returned to the ship on November 5th and carried out further training before the MCA re-inspection that was passed successfully.

The next day FAITL received a call from NKK Class regarding the M/V C. S. Queen that was anchored close to the Humber Estuary as the result of a PSI by the MCA at Immingham. The ship had been allowed to leave the port to go to the anchorage.
IMG 5297FAITL’s team of instructors (Fred Brown, Adam Brown and Keith Allgood) arrived at the ship on the morning of November 6th and Mick Cant and Colin Hopkins replaced the Browns after two days.This Japanese ship gave our instructors plenty of problems especially with a language barrier that took some time to overcome.

After four days of intensive training and drills, the level of emergency preparedness was raised sufficiently to enable the ship to pass a re-inspection by the MCA the following week. Agents Dan Shipping and Chartering were of considerable help during the training.

One of the logistical problems was the location of the vessel some way offshore. All the instructors had travelled to the ship on a pilot launch from Spurn Head but three of them had to endure a three-hour return trip on a tug to Grimsby. This then ensured a long road trip between Grimsby and Spurn Head to collect a vehicle.
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Two highly satisfactory conclusions thanks to the hard work put in by all the FAITL instructors together with full co-operation from the officers and crews of both ships as well as the shipping agents and suppliers.

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