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MOL suspends master of cruise ship after allision in Guam, US

Mitsui O.S.K. Passenger Line, a part of Japan’s shipping major MOL, suspended the Master of the cruise ship Nippon Maru, after the vessel allided into a U.S. Navy fuel pier in Apra Harbor in the Port of Guam on December 30, 2018. Neither passengers, nor crewmembers were injured and there was no fuel spill from the collision.

France detains two ships for breaching ECA regulations

French authorities detained two vessels in Le Havre at end of December 2018, as they have breached ECA regulations by exceeding the sulphur cap of 0.1%. One of the vessels was a chemical tanker, whose sulphur level was measured at 0,23%. The other was a container ship, whose sulphur level was measured at 0,16%.

Liberia arrests cargo ship for illegal fish trade

On Christmas, the Liberian Coast Guard, assisted by Sea Shepherd crew, arrested the Chinese-flagged Hai Feng 823, a refrigerated cargo vessel, with a history of illegal fishing. The ship tried to offload a cargo of transshipped fish in the West African port of Monrovia.

Ships detained in UK during Nov. 2018

Four foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during November 2018, after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection, according to data provided by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency. During November, there were six new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port, while three vessels remained under detention from previous months.

Paris MoU: Deadline for 2018 detention review cases submission

In case an owner or operator declines to use the National appeal procedure but still wants to complain about a detention decision, he/she should send such a complaint to the flag State or the recognized organization. In light of this, the Paris MoU informs about the deadline for submission of 2018 detention review cases.

Ships detained in Paris MoU during November 2018

The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for November 2018, containing information about ships which were detained in the region during the month under review. In general, a ship is not released from detention before all necessary repairs have been made.

UK MCA detains Russian bulk carrier after refloating

After a successful refloating of the Russian bulk carrier ‘Kuzma Minin’ last week off Cornwell, UK MCA Surveyors conducted a PSC Inspection in the early evening of 18 December and confirmed a breach in one of the fuel tanks. Tank readings indicate the tank has filled with water as a consequence of the grounding, however no pollution has been reported. 

AMSA releases livestock carrier from detention for repair voyage

AMSA released the livestock vessel MV Jawan from detention on December 20. The vessel completed a sea trial within the Port of Portland, which confirmed that its motion was consistent with the calculated stability. The vessel was released from detention in Portland to begin its voyage to Singapore for repairs. 

Australian Livestock Exporters urge for investigation on Portland incident

The Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council announced its strong endorsement for a full investigation into the circumstances which led to 4,327 cows being unloaded from the livestock carrier Jawan at Portland earlier this week. AMSA confirmed on Tuesday the vessel would not be cleared to sail with livestock on board.

US blacklisted Russian freighter stuck in Busan

The Russian freighter ‘Sevastopol’, is stranded in the South Korean port of Busan for over a month. The ships has been blacklisted by the US, as its owner has allegedly violated the sanctions. According to reports, local oil companies are reluctant to supply the ship with fuel.


The sulphur cap is less than a year away and with most vessels choosing compliant fuel, do you expect to see a spike in incidents and accidents related to the switch over?

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