ClassNK issued its PSC annual report, revealing 426 reported PSC detentions relating to 383 ships from January to December 2017. The number of ships detained represents about 4.5 % of the total number of ships in the NK fleet. Detention ratio of the NK fleet in 2017 is about 5.0%.
The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley detained the fishing vessel ‘Run Da’ as it was suspected of illegal, unreported, unregulated fishing activity, on Saturday June 23, in international waters 860 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan. The captain of the Run Da admitted to fishing with driftnets up to 5.6 miles in length, while the joint boarding team discovered one ton of squid and 80 tons of chum salmon on board.
The ship will be refused further access to any port and anchorage in the Paris MOU region, except a port and anchorage of the ship’s flag State. This refusal of access will apply right after the ship is authorized to leave this port and anchorage. As this is the second refusal of access order the period of the refusal of access will be 12 months.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for May 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.
At its 51st meeting last month, Paris MoU approved the 2017 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations, to take effect from 1 July 2018. This year’s White List has decreased by two, while Grey List and Black List have been increased by one respectively.
The Black Sea MoU issued its 2017 PSC Annual report, reporting a total of 283 detentions warranted to ships found with serious deficiencies. This represents a detention percentage of 5.54% which is 23.58% increase as compared with 229 detentions in 2016. A total of 5,112 inspections were conducted in 2017.
The Chinese Coast Guard detained 48 people for smuggling diesel fuel allegations and seized seven ships along with 3,650 tonnes of fuel, authorities in China’s Jiangsu Province authorities informed earlier this week. The amount of the fuel that the Chinese Coast Guard seized is about 20 million yuan.
Seven foreign-flagged ships were under detention in UK ports during May 2018, after failing PSC inspection, according to UK MCA. Namely, during May, there were four new detentions, while three vessels remained under detention from previous months. A total of four vessels remained under detention at the end of May.
The International Marine Registry of Belize stripped the Damanzaihao of its flag, after request of Sea Shepherd Legal, for failing to appropriately complete its vessel registration materials and notify Belize of its record of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. The move makes the vessel stateless.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the Philippines-flagged cargo ship “Thorco Luna”, as the ship was detained for a third time this year, because of consistently failing to meet international standards. The ship will not be permitted to enter any Australian port for a period of three months.
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