The Indian-flagged offshore support vessel ‘Malaviya Twenty’ has set sail after being stranded for over two years in UK, due to legal implications. The vessel was detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in June 2016 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, over unpaid port fees and crew wages.
Five foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during September 2018 after failing PSC, according to MCA. During September, there were two new detentions, while three vessels remained under detention from previous months. Three vessels remained under detention at the end of September.
At the last SAFETY4SEA Conference, Rod Lingard, Club Manager of the Hellenic Mutual War Risks Association (Bermuda) Limited, discussed ship detentions caused by smuggling. He particularly referred to a recent English Supreme Court decision, the insurance implications of the decision, as well as Loss Prevention measures.
In its latest Yemen ports update, the Swedish Club informed that Huthi militia is holding 10 oil and commercial vessels in the port of Hodeidah, preventing them from unloading their cargo, while some ships have been detained for nearly 6 months, according to the head of the Higher Relief Committee.
A tanker was detained in the morning hours of 3 October while conducting illegal ship-to-ship (STS) fuel transfer at the Tanjung Pelepas Port, for failing to obtain permit for the activity from the Marine Department director, under the Section 491B (1)(k) of the Merchant Shipping Ordinance 1952.
Venezuelan national Guard confirmed the seizure of almost 150 kg of cocaine onboard the Panamanian-flagged tanker ‘Jose Progress’, during a routine inspection at the docks of José Antonio Anzoátegui Petrochemical Complex. The tanker and the 20 crewmen onboard are detained.
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned South Korea’s ambassador in Moscow and demanded that Seoul allow a Russian vessel to leave South Korea’s port of Busan. The vessel, named ‘Sevastopol’, was one of six Russian-flagged vessels targeted by United States sanctions in August.
The UK MCA announced that eight foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during August 2018, after failing PSC inspection. From these, there were five new detentions of foreign flagged vessels in a UK port, while three vessels remained under detention from previous months.
Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, has confirmed that one of its ships was detained in the Port of Sfax, Tunisia, on 10 September over an insurance dispute related to the major ‘Maersk Honam’ fire incident back in March 2018.
The Paris MoU issued an updated list with the ships detained in the Paris MoU region during August, citing a total of 42 ships. The number of times a ship has been detained during a 24 month period is because of the NIR (New Inspection Regime) now a 36 month period and is included in the list.
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