EJF urged the Taiwanese government to review its fisheries law after it documented gross human rights violations aboard a Taiwanese vessel, which became the first in the world to be detained over the summer for violating new international standards of decent work in fishing.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s detained a tanker ship along with a fishing vessel, after suspicions that they were conducting illegal ship-to-ship (STS) fuel transfer. If found guilty, the ship owners could face a fine which could reach RM100,000 and two years’ jail.
The Tanzanian-flagged oil products tanker ‘Rawan’ was detained in Port of Limassol, Cyprus, on 23 April 2018, and left the port on 25 July, but failed to call at the repair yard in Alexandria, Egypt as agreed, Paris MoU informed.
One year has passed since the fatal collision of the Handymax bulk carrier ‘Royal Arsenal’ with the diving support vessel ‘Al Misbar’, and her crew remain under detention at Umm Qasr, Iraq. After the accident, the ship returned to Umm Qasr for investigation, where she has been stuck since then along with 22 crew.
In its latest update, Paris MoU informed of two detentions in two general cargo ships, that took place in July in Russian ports. Both vessels are flying the flag of Comoros which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list. The period of the refusal of access will be 3 months.
South Africa has detained the Russian-flagged freighter ‘Lada’, after being informed that it was allegedly carrying illegal cargo of weaponry onboard. Namely, local media report that the ship was carrying explosives and arms worth about $3.5 million.
Eight foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during July 2018, after failing PSC inspection, according to UK MCA. Namely, during July, there were three new detentions, while five vessels remained under detention from previous months. A total of four vessels remained under detention at the end of July.
A UK Court convicted the Dutch company Friendship Offshore BV of conducting an unlicensed salvaging operation on a sunken merchant vessel named ‘SS Harrovian’ in 2016. The case was heard at Newcastle Crown Court on the 26 July 2018, in a prosecution brought by the UK Marine Management Organization.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for July 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.
The first detention of a fishing vessel under the provisions of the International Labour Organization’s Work in Fishing Convention, 2007 (No. 188) has taken place in late June, involving a foreign 380 GT vessel in Cape Town, South Africa, following complaints by the crew about working conditions, ILO informed.
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