Two ships, the livestock carrier ‘Blue Moon I’ and the general cargo vessel ‘Sunshine’, have been refused access from the Paris MoU region after being detained in two Greek ports, on 22 February and in 4 April, respectively. Both ships are flying the flag of Togo which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB list.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for March 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.
Danish authorities detained the Portugal-flagged general cargo ship ‘Rix Partner’ and arrested its Captain, after he was found affected by alcohol. The ship was stopped in the Great Belt Strait off Denmark, at the late night of April 17th, following communication problems between the navy and the Russian Captain.
An Istanbul court has issued the seizure of a Maltese bulker that crashed into the Hekimbaşı Salih Efendi mansion, on the Bosphorus, on April 7. The warrant for seizure came after the owners of the mansion apllied to Istanbul 17th Commercial Court of First Instance. The ship is currently moored in Marmara Sea.
The Ukraine’s prosecutor general’s office informed that Ukraine arrested a Russian dredger ship in Odessa, for extracting illegal sand extraction. This is the second Russian ship that Ukraine arrests the past month. The arrested ship is currently staying at the port of Yuzhny in the Odessa, Tatiana Tikhonchik, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian prosecutor general’s office said.
The US Federal Maritime Commission has launched the first phase of investigation into port demurrage, detention, and free time practices by ordering ocean common carriers to provide information and documents explaining those practices. A similar effort with respect to container terminals at major US ports is also underway.
The United Nations Security Council added 27 ships and 21 shipping companies to its blacklist over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea. The UN Security Council proceeded to blacklist these entities upon a request by the US. Namely, the United Nations Security Council added 21 shipping companies, 15 North Korean ships, 12 non-North Korean ships and a Taiwanese man, on its blacklist.
Mediterranean Shipping Company announced that it has hired-off the vessel “Kia Ora”. MSC was the former charterer of the vessel and said that when it learned that AMSA banned the ship from Australian waters due to crew underpayment, it immediately off-hired the ship.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has banned the Liberian-flagged container ship ‘MSC Kia Ora’ from Australian ports for three months, after the vessel’s operator failed to ensure crew were paid their wages in full and on time, and that critical equipment was maintained.
The Paris MoU has issued its list of detentions for February 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.
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