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USCG detains Greek bulk carrier for fire-safety flaws

Greek bulk carrier Rena (81,700 dwt, built 2010), owned and operated by Trojan Maritime, has been detained at the port of Tacoma in Washington State after a US Coast Guard inspection found fire safety equipment to be below standard.

The most serious instance reported by USCG’s team from the Puget Sound sector related to pressurization of the self-contained breathing apparatuses, essential equipment in the event of fire.

Foreign vessels visiting US ports must meet US safety standards and will be kept in port until their defects are fixed.

Two weeks ago USCG officials in Tacoma detained a Japanese car carrier Pegasus Highway for multiple violations including an ineffective fire detection and alert system.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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