A ROUTINE port control check of a Russian tanker making its first trip to New Zealand last month revealed 59 defects on first inspection and prompted the Maritime Safety Authority of New Zealand to slap a detention order on her. The 3,468 gross tonne Ajon had a load of vegetable oil on board for discharge in New Zealand and was to take on cargo from the ports of Auckland, Timaru and New Plymouth before proceeding to Townsville in Australia. After the first inspection a further six items remained to be checked and it was later ordered that 17 of the faults be rectified before the ship be released. A condition of the release was that the Ajon go to a port beyond New Zealand territorial waters, without cargo. Important items at fault related to the vessel's inability to fight any sort of big fire aboard, leaks in decks and deckheads, doubts over the safety of life rafts and the ability to launch them properly, and the two lifeboats being non-serviceable. Ajon is an ice strengthened converted oil tanker built in Russia in 1969, now used largely in the vegetable oil trade.