Highland Faith built in 1981 is an oil tanker with a capacity of
77 000 tonne. She is owned by a Greek company but is registered
in Panama and therefore sails under a Flag of Convenience (FOC).
Highland Faith has a dirty past. She has been detained four times
at different ports the past years. In 1999 she was detained in Gibraltar
and later that same year in Puerto Rico. In December 2000 she was
detained in New York due to serious deficiencies: The captain was
not fully conversant with the company's Safety Management System
(SMS). There were numerous fractures on the main deck plate and
hatch coamings, which caused product to leak through temporary,
doubler repairs, portable oxygen and flammable vapour measuring
instruments were inoperative and electrical cable conduit along
the cargo deck was severely deteriorated.
In august 2001 she was detained in the Virgin Islands due to the
fact that oil leaked from the tanks into the ballast water as well
as it was noted that 'Inadequate maintenance of the ship's equipment
demonstrates a general breakdown of the vessel's Safety Management
Highland faith has also had three casualties the past years. In
February 1998 when she arrived at Kingston, Jamaica she had engine
damage and had lost an anchor (then under the name of Ballerina).
In November 1999 she was grounded in Kadettrännan in the Baltic
Sea between Denmark and Germany. She sustained cracks and holes
in the hull. She was temporally patched up and received proper reparation
in New York more than one year later in December 2000.
In February 2003 she lost steering outside of Land's End in England
and was towed to Falmouth for repairs. She left the shipyard the
12th of May this year.