Coast Guard Detains Cargo Vessel at Port of San Juan

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard Sector San Juan, issued a detention order to the 333-foot Panamanian cargo vessel Sunshine Spirit Tuesday, restricting the vessel from operating until conditions of the order are met.

A Coast Guard Port State Control Team from Sector San Juan conducted a random examination of the Sunshine Spirit Tuesday and discovered the vessel’s crew was unable to operate the ship’s oily water separator (OWS). The OWS, required by U.S. and international regulations, is part of a ship’s pollution prevention system and plays and important role in the protection of the environment.

“The Coast Guard is committed to upholding regulations that protect the marine environment,” said Cmdr. Carlos A. Torres, chief of prevention operations at Sector San Juan. “The environmental risk posed by the crew’s inability to properly operate the oily water separator was too great, and our team took the necessary steps to reduce that risk.”

Sunshine Spirit has been ordered to cease all operations until the documentation and proper operation of the OWS can be verified.

Sector San Juan inspectors are working closely with the Sunshine Spirit’s owner to ensure the vessel is restricted from commercial operation for the minimum time necessary.

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  1. Somer Tony says:

    – Would you please board M/V SEA RUNNER ( car carrier running regulary to san juan ) , the following difeciancies :
    1- Fuel oil tank port side forward part had crack ( hold ) to
    sea which will cause pollution any time specialy when
    bunkering at san juan
    2- 80% of engine aux.alarms at eng.control room out of order
    3- for peak tank had hold to sea port side above anchore
    ( down of hose pipe 0
    4- sat c not working properly
    5- pitch propeller port indicator need calibration
    6- Emergancy comunication system ( telephon ) not work
    7- Echo sounder completly out of order