According to a recent release by the North P&I Club, its SPICA correspondents in Indonesia informed about an increasing number of vessels being detained by the local authorities while they are at anchor in the waters around the island of Bintan, which is a popular place for vessels to “waiting for orders” because it is close to shipping lanes, and believed to be OPL (Operational Port Limited) Singapore. However, these waters are within Indonesian territorial waters where local regulation apply.
Paris MoU informed that the M/V ‘MY FILIZ’ was detained in the Port Constanta, in Romania, on 5 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 currently black on the Paris MoU WGB list. As this is the first refusal of access order the period of the refusal of access will be 3 months.
The general cargo ship ‘Volgo-Don 5066’ was detained in Russia’s port Rostov-on-Don on 27 January. The ship flies the flag of Comoros which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list. This is its third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for December 2018, containing information about ships which were 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. However, sometimes it is not possible to repair all defects at the place of detention.
M/V ‘Agnes’ was detained in port of Azov, Russia, on 15 January 2019. This is the third detention in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. The ship carries the flag of Tanzania 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.
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.
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