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Ship detentions increase in Black Sea MoU in 2017

The Black Sea MoU issued its 2017 PSC Annual report, reporting a total of 283 detentions warranted to ships found with serious deficiencies. This represents a detention percentage of 5.54% which is 23.58% increase as compared with 229 detentions in 2016. A total of 5,112 inspections were conducted in 2017.

China detains 48 people and 7 ships for smuggling diesel fuel

The Chinese Coast Guard detained 48 people for smuggling diesel fuel allegations and seized seven ships along with 3,650 tonnes of fuel, authorities in China’s Jiangsu Province authorities informed earlier this week. The amount of the fuel that the Chinese Coast Guard seized is about 20 million yuan.

Seven foreign-flagged ships under detention in UK in May

Seven foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during May 2018, after failing PSC inspection, according to UK MCA. Namely, during May, there were four new detentions, while three vessels remained under detention from previous months. A total of four vessels remained under detention at the end of May.

Belize removes flag of world’s largest fish factory ship

The International Marine Registry of Belize stripped the Damanzaihao of its flag, after request of Sea Shepherd Legal, for failing to appropriately complete its vessel registration materials and notify Belize of its record of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. The move makes the vessel stateless.

AMSA bans cargo ship from entering Australian ports

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the Philippines-flagged cargo ship “Thorco Luna”, as the ship was detained for a third time this year, because of consistently failing to meet international standards. The ship will not be permitted to enter any Australian port for a period of three months.

Six foreign-flagged ships under detention in UK in April

In its monthly update on ship detentions for April, the UK MCA announced that six foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during April 2018, after failing PSC inspection. There were two new detentions, while four vessels remained under detention from previous months. Three vessels remained under detention at the end of April.

Guidance on PSC and flag state detentions for Bahamian-flagged ships

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.

Drugs found in container ship’s ventilation system in Panama

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.

Indian MoU: Decrease in ship detentions during 2017

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.

Tokyo MoU sees decrease in ship detentions for 2017

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.


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