M/V “Nila” was detained in port of Kavkaz, in Russia, on 14 October 2018. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship carries the flag of Togo which is black on the Paris MoU WGB list. Because this is the second refusal of access order the period of the refusal of access will last 12 months.
According to Haikou Maritime Court’s announcement, the Brightoil link VLCC, owned by a Hong Kong company, was detained at Yangpu Port at the request of the vessel owner’s creditor bank in France. The court stated that the arrest was requested by a French bank that has provided the shipowner with $45.5m in loans, of which over $43m in principal and interest is overdue.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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