Paris MoU reports that it refused access to “Uranus II” vessel, as it was flying under the flag of Sierra Leone, which is black on the current Paris MoU WGB List. Specifically, the vessel was detained in port Midia, in Romania, on January 28, 2020.
Paris MoU commented that under the provisions of section 4 of the Paris MoU, Article 16 of EU Council Directive 2009/16/EC, 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.
Moreover, the order of refusal will come into force immediately after the ship is authorized to depart the port and anchorage.
This detention marks the third one in the Paris MoU region within the last 36 months. Yet, given that this is the first time that this vessel is refused access, the period of refusal of access will be three months.
Your attention is drawn to the provisions of Section 4.4 of the Paris MOU, Article 21.6 of EU Council Directive 2009/16/EC1, which allow access to a specific port and anchorage in the event of force majeure or overriding safety considerations, or to reduce or minimize the risk of pollution or to have deficiencies rectified, provided that adequate measures to the satisfaction of the competent authority of such State have been implemented by the company or the master of the ship to ensure safe entry.