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.
EJF urged the Taiwanese government to review its fisheries law after it documented gross human rights violations aboard a Taiwanese vessel, which became the first in the world to be detained over the summer for violating new international standards of decent work in fishing.
The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency’s detained a tanker ship along with a fishing vessel, after suspicions that they were conducting illegal ship-to-ship (STS) fuel transfer. If found guilty, the ship owners could face a fine which could reach RM100,000 and two years’ jail.
The Tanzanian-flagged oil products tanker ‘Rawan’ was detained in Port of Limassol, Cyprus, on 23 April 2018, and left the port on 25 July, but failed to call at the repair yard in Alexandria, Egypt as agreed, Paris MoU informed.
One year has passed since the fatal collision of the Handymax bulk carrier ‘Royal Arsenal’ with the diving support vessel ‘Al Misbar’, and her crew remain under detention at Umm Qasr, Iraq. After the accident, the ship returned to Umm Qasr for investigation, where she has been stuck since then along with 22 crew.
In its latest update, Paris MoU informed of two detentions in two general cargo ships, that took place in July in Russian ports. Both vessels are flying the flag of Comoros which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list. The period of the refusal of access will be 3 months.
South Africa has detained the Russian-flagged freighter ‘Lada’, after being informed that it was allegedly carrying illegal cargo of weaponry onboard. Namely, local media report that the ship was carrying explosives and arms worth about $3.5 million.
Eight foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during July 2018, after failing PSC inspection, according to UK MCA. Namely, during July, there were three new detentions, while five vessels remained under detention from previous months. A total of four vessels remained under detention at the end of July.
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