The US Marshals Service that has under custody the North Korean-owned vessel, Wise Honest, is under discussions on selling the seized vessel, as they have been ordered by a federal court. Yet, it is to be decided whether the Otto Warmbier family will receive the sale proceeds.
Ukraine seized a Russian tanker moored in a river port near the Black Sea, in retaliation for Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and arrest of 24 sailors in November 2018. According to Ukraine’s SBU security service, the country seized the Russian tanker ‘Nika Spirit’ in Izmail.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) announced that during June, there were three new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port, whereas four foreign flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports after failing port state control (PSC) inspection.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for June 2019, containing information about ships 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.
As BBC reports, a cargo ship has been detained in Leith port in Edinburgh due to non-payment of wages to Russian seafarers onboard the vessel. The UK MCA confirmed that it found deficiencies to the Cook Islands-flagged Alexander Tvardovskiy.
Since 2017, two Ghanaians and 11 Indian nationals have been detained, along with the DLB Sea Horizon vessel at the Sekondi Naval Base in Ghana due to a payment dispute. Reports say that WAG SPV, the American owner of the Panamanian vessel, had to pay the port charges accrued over the period, an amount in the region of $1.5 million.
Paris MoU informed that the M/V ‘Discover’ was detained in the Port of Dordrecht, the Netherlands, on 27 June 2019. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 24 months. The ship carries the flag of Moldova, which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list.
As Reuters reports, Panama’s Maritime Authority that after Grace 1 was seized by British Royal Marines in Gibraltar, they de-listed it from Panama’s international boat registry as of May 29. The Panamanian Authority highlighted that Grace 1 was de-listed after receiving an alert indicating that the ship had participated in or was linked to terrorism financing.
British Royal Marines captured an oil tanker in Gibraltar on June 27, after being accused of bringing oil to Syria, thus breaching EU sanctions. This could be considered a dramatic step that could escalate tensions between the West and Iran. Grace 1 tanker was seized in UK territory, after sailing around Africa from the Gulf.
The Comoros-flagged general cargo vessel ‘Abdul G’ was banned from the Paris MoU region for failing to call at the repair yard in Turkey as agreed, following its detention and release earlier in June. The ship was detained in the Greek port of Thessaloniki on 30 April 2019 and was released on 12 June.
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