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.
The United Nations Security Council added 27 ships and 21 shipping companies to its blacklist over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea. The UN Security Council proceeded to blacklist these entities upon a request by the US. Namely, the United Nations Security Council added 21 shipping companies, 15 North Korean ships, 12 non-North Korean ships and a Taiwanese man, on its blacklist.
Mediterranean Shipping Company announced that it has hired-off the vessel “Kia Ora”. MSC was the former charterer of the vessel and said that when it learned that AMSA banned the ship from Australian waters due to crew underpayment, it immediately off-hired the ship.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the Liberian-flagged container ship ‘MSC Kia Ora’ from Australian ports for three months, after the vessel’s operator failed to ensure crew were paid their wages in full and on time, and that critical equipment was maintained.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for February 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. However, sometimes it is not possible to repair all defects at the place of detention.
The Liberia-flagged ‘Tintomara’ was allowed to leave Australian waters, following detention earlier this week at Gladstone, over reports of crew underpayment and poor working conditions. The technical manager Fareast Shipmanagement Hongkong inked an industrial agreement with ITF on 26 February, after the allegations were confirmed.
As of February 21st of 2018, in total 48 vessels are detained in the Paris MoU region; some of which are in this status since 2011, the authority notes.
AMSA officials were in the middle of a general inspection onboard the Liberia-flagged chemical tanker ‘Tintomara’, at QAL’s South Trees wharf, Gladstone, when crew raised complaints about their treatment by their captain and chief officer. The complaints related to bullying, non-payment of overtime, long working hours and lack of food.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for January 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. However, sometimes it is not possible to repair all defects at the place of detention.
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