The Bahamas Maritime Authority issued a bulletin advising the actions to be taken when Bahamian ships are subject to Port State or Flag State detention. The guidance is applicable to all Bahamian ships that have been detained by PSC authorities, including “Administrative” or preventative detentions.
Panamanian authorities have seized a total of 208 packages containing drugs, hidden onboard a container ship’s ventilation system, while the vessel was in Colon, Panama, on 5 May. The ship was reportedly identified as the Liberian-flagged ‘Celina Star’, which was transiting Panama Canal.
During 2017, a total of 5674 inspections recorded in the Indian MoU region. Out of these, 3017 inspections had deficiencies and the total numbers of deficiencies were 13099. Serious deficiencies led to the detention of 281 ships and needed to be rectified prior to the ships departure.
Throughout 2017, there were 31,315 inspections in the Tokyo MoU region, involving 17,369 individual ships registered under 99 flags, according to Tokyo MoU 2017 annual report. Out of these, there were 18,113 inspections where ships were found with deficiencies. The detention percentage has decreased continuously.
Two ships, the livestock carrier ‘Blue Moon I’ and the general cargo vessel ‘Sunshine’, have been refused access from the Paris MoU region after being detained in two Greek ports, on 22 February and in 4 April, respectively. Both ships are flying the flag of Togo which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for March 2018, containing information about ships which were detained in the region during the month under review. The details of detentions are entered in the information system of the Paris MOU after the ship has been released. In general, a ship is not released from detention before all necessary repairs have been made.
Danish authorities detained the Portugal-flagged general cargo ship ‘Rix Partner’ and arrested its Captain, after he was found affected by alcohol. The ship was stopped in the Great Belt Strait off Denmark, at the late night of April 17th, following communication problems between the navy and the Russian Captain.
An Istanbul court has issued the seizure of a Maltese bulker that crashed into the Hekimbaşı Salih Efendi mansion, on the Bosphorus, on April 7. The warrant for seizure came after the owners of the mansion apllied to Istanbul 17th Commercial Court of First Instance. The ship is currently moored in Marmara Sea.
The Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office informed that Ukraine arrested a Russian dredger ship in Odessa, for extracting illegal sand extraction. This is the second Russian ship that Ukraine arrests the past month. The arrested ship is currently staying at the port of Yuzhny in the Odessa, Tatiana Tikhonchik, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office said.
The US Federal Maritime Commission has launched the first phase of investigation into port demurrage, detention, and free time practices by ordering ocean common carriers to provide information and documents explaining those practices. A similar effort with respect to container terminals at major US ports is also underway.
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