Since in theory all vessels are subject to and follow IMO-STCW this vessel should have arrived here in the United States in a state of readiness to operate after its Port State inspection by our USCG. The MS Bimini Superfast arrived here in the Port of Miami, FL under the Flag State of the Republic of Panama fully certified by her Flag State to carry passengers once it had been issued its Port State U.S. Passenger Certificate which shows it had passed the inspection by the USCG Marine Safety Office (MSO) for the number of passengers allowed by that certificate.
To date the MS Bimini Superfast has failed miserably as we have written about several times already. So with EMSA being the marine safety body in the European Union how could this happen? The EMSA www.emsa.europa.eu is headquartered in Lisbon, Portugal and has a comprehensive website, complete with a mission statement, which one can visit to learn all about them. That mission statement reads as follows:
To ensure a high, uniform and effective level of maritime safety and security as well as prevention of and response to pollution by ships within the EU."
Now NAUTICAL LOG read this statement - which is stunningly short - and immediately noticed that there is absolutely no mention of either the IMO or the STCW which one understood is the Code which was written to achieve the points made in the opening of the EMSA mission statement.
So here we have a vessel which has been under the "watchful eye" of the EMSA which cannot pass the USCG-MSO Inspection and cannot transition power to the ship's emergency systems. So it is possible that:
- This situation always occurred and was passed over by EMSA.
- Sloppy inspections by EMSA never knew of this inability to transition power.
- The current ship's engineers do not know how to follow the transition protocol.
- The current ship's engineers attempted an improper transition and damaged the system.