Libya seized a sanctioned Iranian ship off the coast of Misrata, as there were claims that it was carrying weapons. The container Shahr E Kord had left Bulgaria, with Misrata in western Libya being its destination. According to the interior ministry, the container ship was loaded with 144 containers. As a result, the attorney general ordered the seizure and an investigation of the ship.
In its monthly review of ship detentions, the UK MCA announced that nine foreign-flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports during February 2019 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection. From these, four were new detentions that took place within February.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for March 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. In general, a ship is not released from detention before all necessary repairs have been made.
M/V Dana 1 was detained in Salerno, Italy on 29 March 2019, as Paris MoU informed. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship flies the flag of Moldova which is currently black on the Paris MoU WGB list. As this is the second refusal of access order, the period of the refusal of access will be 12 months.
South Korea detained a domestic vessel for allegedly supplying petroleum products to North Korea, thus violating the sanctions. The tanker was detained at the port of Busan, for transfers that reportedly took place in September 2017. Prosecutors are now examining the case, in order to determine whether or not to press charges against the vessel’s operator and master.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for February 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.
Australian authorities detained the Liberian-registered bulk carrier ‘Anna-Elisabeth’ after crew onboard the vessel complained of insufficient food, bullying aboard the vessel and denial of shore leave. ITF received the complaints from onboard the ship berthed at the Port Kembla Coal Terminal on 25 March.
Four foreign flagged ships remained under detention in UK ports during January 2019 after failing Port State Control (PSC) inspection, according to data provided by the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).
Maritime NZ detained the Panama-flagged bulk carrier Daiwan Justice on 2 March 2019, at Lyttelton. The detention came after a complaint that the crewmembers’ wages had not been paid for almost four months. As a similar case took place with the same operator last year, Maritime NZ is considering what compliance actions it may take against the company.
The Paris MoU informed that the ship M/V ‘Elg’ was detained in Gibraltar on 12 February 2019. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship carries the flag of Moldova which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list. As this is the first refusal of access order the period of the refusal of access will last 3 months.
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