Court in Malta decides that ship’s mortgage overrides foreign auction

A ship was arrested in Malta after a creditor obtained a Maltese court order claiming a judicial sale by auction of the ship in Jamaica was ignored. Jebmed SRL were first ranking creditors of the 22,988-tonne bulk carrier Bright Star, which at the time was called Trading Fabrizia, by virtue of a mortgage registered in Malta, where the ship was registered, in 2017. As the vessel went into financial distress while in Haiti and Jamaica, it was arrested by many creditors, such as Jebmed.

Shipyard labor contractors fined for employment discrimination

The US Department of Justice received a court order on December 11, awarding the US $857,868 in civil penalties, along with other relief, in the Department’s immigration-related employment discrimination lawsuit against companies that provide contract shipyard labor.

New Zealand: Captain fined and removed from position after found drunk

The Captain of the Panama-registered oil and chemical tanker ‘Pegasus’ was fined $1,000 and removed from his position for exceeding the alcohol limit in New Zealand waters, prior departing New Plymouth on the evening of December 11. Maritime NZ’s Regional Manager Central, Michael-Paul Abbott, said that the sentencing is a strong reminder for seafarers.

S. Korea top court orders Mitsubishi to pay for WWII forced labour

In November, South Korea’s Supreme Court ordered major Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. to pay damages to two groups of South Koreans for wartime labor. On the other hand, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries on a press release stated that these rulings are deeply regrettable, as they violate the Agreement and are contrary to the view of the Japanese government and the final and binding judgements of the Supreme Court of Japan.

Carnival to appeal Captain’s fine for breaching European air pollution limits

After the Captain of the P&O Cruises-operated ship ‘Azura’ was fined for ‘deliberately breaching the European air pollution limits’, there are reports that Carnival is planning to appeal the court’s ruling. It also added that it takes serious consideration into protecting the environment and that the Captain was using the fuel in good faith.

Captain fined €100,000 for breaching European air pollution limits

A Marseille court has eventually imposed a fine of  €100,000 (USD 114,000) to the American Captain of the P&O Cruises-operated ship ‘Azura’ for ‘deliberately’ breaching the European air pollution limits, in a first of its kind ruling, on Monday. However, the court specified that the €80,000 of this sum must be paid by the P&O Cruises’ parent company, Carnival. 

Fishing vessel Captain charged over shark finning

The master of a Spanish-flagged fishing vessel was charged in court, after more than a tonne of shark fins were found onboard upon detention off Ireland’ southwest coast. Meanwhile, a release bond of €335,000 was placed upon the vessel.

Shell fined £60,000 over Brent Delta worker injury

Oil major Shell has been fined £60,000 after a serious injury of a technician by a gas cylinder on one of the company’s North Sea platforms. The incident took place in November 2014 on the Brent Delta installation, when a gas cylinder unexpectedly discharged, causing projectiles to strike a worker.

BVI government wins compensation over ‘Vagabond’ oil spill

The Government of the Virgin Islands was awarded $221,935.86 for clean-up costs, as a result from the oil spill involving the freighter ‘Vagabond’, owned by Caribbean Transport Ltd., back in 2006. This is the first matter of this kind that has been taken to the High Court.


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